Virtual Workshop: Ancient Egypt
Welcome to Thebes. It is 1323 BC, and the 19-year-old pharaoh, Tutankhamun, fights for Egypt to regain its standing after years of rule by his heretic father. The children have arrived to perform ma’at, an act of community service, under the guidance of the nomarch (provincial governor), User. But bad news arrives just after the work begins — the pharaoh has died, and the children have just 70 days to prepare his tomb. There is much to do.
The topics covered during the workshop include:
- Tutankhamun’s life and death
- Egyptian religious beliefs
- Egyptian burial beliefs and rituals
- How Tutankhamun’s tomb was prepared, and how it was unusual compared to others
- Contrasts between Tutankhamun’s reign and that of his father, Akhenaten
- Tutankhamun’s lack of an heir, and his unusual successor
How Does the Workshop Work?
The new workshops consist of two key elements:
- Individual activities kits for each child in your group .
- A pre-recorded video made by our knowledgeable teachers.
The workshops can take place in your own room at your own pace – we give you access to the video for several days, so you can rewind, replay, or break up the activities as you see fit.
Our school trials so far indicate that they can fill up to half a day.
For a small additional fee, you can add an optional hour of “live” teaching time with one of our qualified teachers. This extra time, which takes place via video conferencing software, offers extra engagement to the day and allows the children to probe further into the learning.
What Activities are Included?
As mentioned, each child will receive an activities kit to match the video. There are a few basic supplies such as PVA glue, scissors, and pencils that the school will need to provide, but otherwise the children will receive the necessary materials to make six projects:
- A mummified doll
- An engraved golden plaque depicting Tutankhamun’s life
- A clay shabti doll
- A feather fan
- A papyrus cartouche with hieroglyphs
- A tomb painting
The workshop will also come with an information booklet for teachers, which will detail the learning outcomes, extra supplies that might be needed and possible follow-up learning.
How Much Does a Virtual Workshop Cost?
Please visit our pricing page for the latest costings.
How Do I Book a Workshop?
Please feel free to contact us by form, e-mail or telephone. Let us know the week you would like to use the workshop, and whether you would like the optional live teaching time, and we are happy to help.
Since the virtual workshops do not depend on our diary, you may order them at anytime. (But do allow enough time for delivery!)
Do You Offer an In-School Version of the Workshop?
Yes! Our in-school workshop explores the impact of Tutankhamun’s father, Akhenaten, the heretic pharaoh who later leaders tried to erase from history. You can learn more about it on our Life in Ancient Egypt page.
Please be aware, however, that we operate in a limited travel area, and mileage (and possibly B&B charges) will apply. If your school is far from our offices, and/or your group is very small, a virtual workshop may be a better fit for you.
Feel free to contact us with questions and we are happy to look at options with you.