A British Museum Touring Exhibition
'Egyptian Hieroglyphs: unlock the mystery'
Staff-Guided Schools and Groups Programme
In conjunction with the exhibition, we are launching a programme for schools and groups. School programming lasts two hours and includes a tour, gallery trail and workshop(s). Teachers or leaders can tailor this to suit the ages and abilities of the children.
The full programme, including guidance for schools and groups, can be found here.
School Programming lasts for two hours and includes a tour, gallery trail and workshop(s). Teachers can tailor this to suit the ages and abilities of the children.
Visitors to the Exhibition (30 mins):
Education staff will talk groups through these iconic objects from the British Museum. They will explain the importance of the Rosetta Stone in deciphering hieroglyphs and how it opened up a new world of understanding the life and times of ancient Egypt.
The exhibition will provide a background to the nine British Museum objects on display:
I. Limestone lintel of Rameses III
II. Fragment of the stela of Horiraa
III. Sycamore fig wood stela
IV. Wooden figure of a couple
V. Limestone block of the official Sathathor
VI. Limestone ancestor bust of Muteminet
VII. The Greenfield Papyrus Book of the Dead of Nestanebetisheru, frame 28
VIII. Limestone ostracon with a sketch of a red bull in red pigment
IX. Wooden drawing board
If you would like to find out what a stela and an ostracon are or to know more about ancient Egyptian gods, goddesses and beliefs. Or, about the importance of the Nile to Egyptian life this exhibition will delight and inform!
Galleries Trail (20mins):
Can you crack the code? The trail around the Museum’s galleries will point out Lisburn’s connection with Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun as well as other Egyptian related items from Lisburn Museum’s collections. Children are challenged to find a hidden message, record their findings in their very own code book and- if they crack the code- they will receive a ‘I cracked the Code’ stamp.
Egyptian Themed Workshops (1 hour)
Activities are designed to provide context to aspects of ancient Egyptian life using arts, crafts and hands-on activities to get a sense of how Egyptians recorded their world. Workshops help us to understand how important cracking the hieroglyphic code was in raising our understanding of the ancient Egyptians. We are still learning! How do we know pharaohs preferred white clothes to coloured ones? What plants and minerals formed the colours used tomb paintings? All workshops will include an explanation of links to ancient Egypt. Choose up to two from a selection of twenty workshops: activities are colour coded in terms of difficulty but depend on the interest and abilities of the children:
Suitable for Foundation and Key Stage 1 (P1 to P4)
Cut and stick. Copy and paste
Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 (P3 to P7)
Write. Cut. Design. Manipulate
Suitable for Key Stage 2 and 3 (P5 to Y8)
Write. Calculate. Decipher. Design Engineer
1 Design your Own Cartouche!
2 Made your own pyramid
3 Make your own headdress
4 Make your own mummy card
5 Collage Mosaic
6 Colourful mosaic coasters
7 Design your own Rosetta Stone
8 Horizontal weaving, just like the Egyptians
9 Create you own tomb painting
10 Coaster Tile Mosaic
11 Make your own horizontal loom
12 Make your own shaduf (group challenge to see who can get it working without spilling water!)
13 Make your own Egyptian jewellery
14 Design your own Rosetta Stone
15 Clay Canopic Jars
16 Design your own amulet
17 Which Gods were for what?
18 Designing like an Egyptian
19 Natural Dyeing
20 Inkle loom weaving (max number 15) Card Weaving
Paper activity: Using hieroglyphs to design a cartouche that reflects who you are!
Cut and colour paper activity
Cut and colour paper activity
Paper tissue used to make a 3D collage
Sticky paper and card. Choose out of eight favourite Egyptian colours black, brown, green, grey, red, white, yellow and pink.
Clay activity: Select from a range of alphabets to design your own Rosetta Stone.
Card weaving. Weaving the Egyptian way
Graph paper. Filling and colouring boxes to replicate an Egyptian design.
Tiles and clay work to create a coaster with Egyptian colours and symbols.
Shoebox, coloured wool. The Egyptians used horizontal looms why not create and weave on your own?
How did the Egyptians get water from the Nile? They used a shaduf! This version uses wood, plasticine and dowelling rods
Paper, linen yarn and beads used to make a friendship bracelet
Paper activity: Using the alphabet from a selection of languages to translate your name or message onto your own Rosetta “stone” English, Irish, Greek, French, Portuguese, German, Spanish and Braille
Clay workshop to recreate objects from Egyptian tombs
In between the wrappings of linen used for mummification were amulets, good luck charms used to help on the journey to the Afterlife. Pick your symbol and imprint it onto clay.
Hands on. A fun matching exercise matching statements to ancient Egyptian God and Goddesses
Can you tell your cubit from your cubes? Plotting co-ordinates to create a design. Designers had a fun way of measuring. Using some of their ideas, you can plot a design on point paper(like graph paper) and create your own
Working with linen fabric. The Egyptians used minerals and plants to create vibrant colours. Looking at similar colours but different ways of creating them today you will create your own Egyptian colour chart
Difficult but rewarding! Mastering the art of horizontal weaving- just like the Egyptians to create a friendship bracelet.