Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt workshopKey Stage 2 workshop


The history of ancient Egypt may not seem to have a connection with the Wigan borough but our amazing collection of Egyptology was donated to the museum by Wigan born man Sir John Scott.

In this session we aim to inspire children’s curiosity to find out more about this ancient civilisation. They will examine methods of collecting evidence and learn historical terms linked to the topic.

Pre-visit activities

Discuss: Discuss reasons why the ancient Egyptian civilisation developed along the valley of the river Nile.

Find out: Find out when the ancient Egyptian civilisation started and finished.

Your workshop

This session starts by exploring how we know so much about ancient Egypt. We find out how archaeologists discovered all these wonderful things, where you can see them today and also make the local connection by finding out why we have Egyptian artefacts in Wigan.

At this point children will be split into groups to do activities. The activities are fun with dressing up and plenty of discussion and learning. They will explore the Book of the Dead, the creation of the Gods and look at objects through archaeology. At the end of the session each group will feedback to the class explaining what they have been doing and what they have learnt.

Follow up activities

Discuss: Discuss the idea of the afterlife. Think about the ways that people in modern world religions view the relationship between life on earth and what happens after death.

Find out: Papyrus was one of the surfaces used for writing in ancient Egypt. Find out how it was made and what other surfaces they used to write on.


  • This workshop is delivered at the Museum of Wigan Life
  • The session will last for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • We will need adults to lead group activities.
  • Children will be working in 3 groups.
  • To book or for any further information please contact us.

To further support teaching, the Schools Cultural Service also provide book and museum loans.

For further information contact us.

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