Becoming History Detectives at the New Walk Museum was a fantastic way to spend a school day! Here’s what we got up to;
‘When we arrived at the Museum, we went to a Egyptian gallery with a women called Jeannie. We sat on the floor and Jeannie showed us different objects from ancient Egypt. There was some hard, gritty bread if you ate regularly your teeth would be ground down. Also we saw animal dung, which OC identified. They would use this to fuel the fire as there aren’t many trees in the desert. After that, we saw some wheat that farmers grew and after they would have made this into bread. Then Jeannie said we could have a look around. I saw a child’s tooth and a mum’s tooth. The mum’s tooth was a lot smaller than the child’s because the mum had eaten more bread.
Next we sat in two circles and looked at different artifacts. Some bowls had a pointy bottom to the Egyptians could screw them into the sand to prevent them from falling over. In these, they would have stored water and wet things.
Shortly afterwards, we went to dress up in Egyptian clothe. Some were lovely, rich clothes made of thin linen but others were plain, rough clothes made from thick linen. After that, we went to make a mummy. Above the body, was a poster with instructions. We took out the liver, stomach, intestines and lungs. Next we put them in the canopic jars. After the mummification activity, we made clay amulets. We got a mould and pushed the clay into it. A few minutes later, we went to do the bow drill and put holes in the woods. It was a lot hard then it looked. After that, we had lunch in the large council hall.
here were loads of animals such as, birds, underwater creatures and polar bears. There were dark tunnels and little transparent domes. Next we went to the dinosaurs. There was a huge skeleton of a dinosaur however, some of it was made of clay. Also there were lovely rocks that I was fascinated by.
Before we got on the coach, we had some time playing outside and we all collected loads of conkers!’