Dear Parents and Carers,
This is the schedule for the trip
8.15am Everyone leaves Suffah School by coach
9.30am Arrival at the Museum
9.30 to 9.45am Snack time and visit the bathroom
9.45 am to 12.30 pm Visit Room 4, 64, 62, 63 for Egyptian Scavenger Hunt
12.30 pm Toilets for washing hands and wudu
12.40 Lunch in the Big Hall by the shop
1.30pm to 2pm Shop (children are allowed to bring £5 with them)
In the coach Quiz Time with points (the best team will have one green slip each)
Room 4 Egyptian sculpture (Room 4)
2600 BC – 2nd century AD
Large-scale sculpture was an important feature of the great temples and tombs of ancient Egypt and was believed to be imbued with powerful spiritual qualities.
Sculptures on display in Room 4 include stylised depictions of kings, deities and symbolic objects ranging from the time of the Old Kingdom to the middle of the Roman Period. There are also architectural pieces from temples and tombs.
An imposing stone bust of the great pharaoh Ramesses II presides over the room, while the world-famous Rosetta Stone, with its inscribed scripts, demonstrates how Egypt’s ancient form of pictographic writing was deciphered for the first time.
Room 64: Early Egypt
Rapid advances in the technology and social organisation of Egypt during the fifth millennium BC produced a material culture of increasing sophistication.
Further innovations followed in about 3100 BC when the separate Predynastic peoples of upper and lower Egypt were united under a single ruler.
The resulting increase in wealth and strong central control led to dramatic achievements in architecture, writing and fine goods, culminating in the building of the Great Pyramids of Giza in around 2600 BC.
Objects on display illustrate the cultural, technological and political development of early civilisation in Egypt throughout this period.
Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies
Death and the afterlife held particular significance and meaning for the ancient Egyptians. Complex funeral preparations and rites were thought to be needed to ensure the transition of the individual from earthly existence to immortality.
Mummification, magic and ritual are investigated through the objects on display in Rooms 62–63. These include coffins, mummies, funerary masks, portraits and other items designed to be buried with the deceased. Modern research methods such as x-rays and CT scans are used to examine the mummification process.