Hull Museum - Ancient Egyptians

Every Object tells a story...

For the first part of our trip to the Hands on History Museum, we had the opportunity to look at real-life artefacts (black lids) and replicas (blue lids).  These artefacts were mainly discoveries from the famous King Tutanhkamun's tomb.  The replicas were bought by Albert Reckitt who then donated them to the musuem in 1936.  The artefacts were laid out exactly as they were discovered in King Tut's tomb...

We looked at replicas of artefacts discovered in King Tutankhamun's tomb...

King Tutankhamun is modelled here to his exact height when he became a King, aged 9.  We decided to see exactly how tall he was compared to 8 and 9 year old children today kneeling down.

We visited a 'real-life' mummy that is over 3,000 years old.  Unfotunately his feet have become damaged when he was moved into storage during the war.  It was very scary inside the dark room!

We also looked at the death masks that covered the mummies faces.  We learnt that if the death mask had a beard (even if it was a Queen) as it represented royalty.

We had a really exciting fun activity to take part in...we were told there had been a discovery and we had to help discover what the artefacts were!!

We really enjoyed looking at old of the ancient artefacts...

We used our detective skills to try and work out what each artefact actually was, it was very tricky as some of the artefacts had some really tricky names!!

We managed to identify most of the artefacts using our detective skills, we did need a little bit of help with some of the more unusual artefacts.  We got there in the end though!

Mummification...

We then enjoyed a workshop were we learnt all about mummification and the rituals of the Ancient Egyptians.  Pharoah Frankie lost most of his organs but his heart (the Egyptians believed the hear didn't mean anything...

He had his brains pulled out of his nose and so many of his organs were placed into canopic jars.  He was then embalmed and left for forty days (don't worry he will be collected soon!!)

As Pharoah Frankie was good, when Anubis (Joanna) weighed his heart against a feather, he will be going into the afterlife...

We then hads a go at 'mummifying' an apple...these will be hung in the classroom for forty days!!  We decided to make it more of a scientific experiment by carving the other side of the apple and testing an apple that wasn't preserved by salt.  The museum currently have apples they have preserved for a long time!

Egyptian Writing...

In our final workshop we learnt all about hieroglyphics and how to make paper from reeds (papyrus).  We laid the wet reeds on a wet piece of paper making sure we overlapped them (they are currently in our classroom being squahed by books until they dry  out!!). 

We then had a go at writing our names on papyrus using the hieroglyphs and finally drew a cartouche around them.  It was great fun!!