Explore Ancient Egypt!

In this virtual classroom, students are introduced to the mummification process in Ancient Egypt. They will explore in detail how the body was preserved, which instruments were used and how. Students will come to appreciate the cultural significance of the preservation process.

Mummification involved a high-level of knowledge and skill; the process took approximately 70 days. From an early date, the Egyptians had identified bodily liquids as a source of decay, but the body was needed to house the ka (spirit) in the afterlife. Mummification was also a religious ceremony. The chief embalmer was a priest donning a mask of Anubis, the jackal headed god of the dead.

During the virtual workshop, students – led by an expert from the museum – will be taken through the various stages of the embalming process including; washing the body, removing organs, stuffing the body and carefully placing amulets between layers of bandages. The mummy will then be ready to be placed in its coffin for the burial ceremony.

The workshop will end with a fun pop quiz based on the museum’s handling collection and ancient Egyptian artefacts, allowing students to work collaboratively in teams in a race against the clock.

This workshop is accompanied by a pre-workshop lesson plan and post-workshop follow up activities to consolidate students’ learning on the subject matter covered.


Suitable for: KS2

Subjects: Citizenship, English, History, PSHE, Science

Price: £90 (per session)

Duration: 50 minutes

Min. Students: N/A

Max. Students: 32

Platform: Microsoft Teams

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