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Ancient Egyptian Adventure

Find Your Talent Liverpool’s Ancient Egyptian Adventure, is an innovative Key Stage 2 outreach programme that takes the ancient world into schools. It has been developed by National Museums Liverpool in partnership with Hope Street Limited.

25th November 2009

Ancient Egyptian Adventure is a high impact project that brings the exciting world of museums into schools using performance, spectacle, workshops and loan boxes. Its aim is to bring pupils to the study of ancient Egypt while providing interesting starting points for literacy and cross-curricula activity.

It introduces children to themes of life, death and ancient mysteries in an engaging way with a view to inspiring children, parents, teachers and schools to make a visit to the world museum.

  • Ancient Egyptian Adventure – The Secret of the Jewelled Heart is an exciting new Key Stage 2 outreach programme that has been developed by National Museums Liverpool (NML) in partnership with Hope Street Limited. It has been offered to 63 primary schools in Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens and will run from November 2009 – April 2010.

    The programme covers literacy, citizenship and history subjects within the curriculum, while drawing inspiration from the worlds of ancient Egypt, museums and heritage, theatre, archaeology, history and science.

    “National Museums Liverpool is delighted to deliver a really exciting schools museum programme in partnership with Hope Street Ltd. Find Your Talent has enabled us to develop a new outreach approach, which we hope will encourage schools, pupils and parents to visit our fanatstic museums on a regular basis.”

    Carol Rogers, Executive Director, Visitor Management, National Museums Liverpool.

  • The day of the visit begins with an assembly featuring 'ancient Egyptian' actors. Performances then follow of Ancient Egyptian Adventure – the Secret of the Jewelled Heart. The production uses an original and immersive approach, in which participants are invited to follow our intrepid explorers on to the stage set of a ‘pyramid tomb’ to make some unusual discoveries and witness the unravelling of secrets.

    This spectacle is just one aspect of a comprehensive offer that includes workshops, loan boxes, a celebratory and sharing event and a follow-up visit to the museum. The project offers the children a fantastic experience, capturing their attention and putting them at the heart of the action. It aims to inspire them, their parents, teachers and schools to visit World Museum Liverpool and explore its unique and wonderful collections with a sense of adventure, curiosity and enthusiasm. The response so far has been fantastic.

     

     “Just to let you know that we hosted the first session of the Egypt Project today in school. I would not wish to be charged with exaggerating but it was outstanding. The children were totally engaged by the performance, the acting was excellent and surpassed many of the drama companies we have had in from time to time. I thought the use of the scenery and space to bring the children into the setting was excellent as was the way in which the two actors, in character, responded to the children in a way that came over as natural and not contrived. The links between the setting, the storyline and the artefacts box and activities worked very well. The children were talking about it throughout the day and it clearly had a positive and educational impact on them. I expect this will be a thorough success on the road and cannot imagine any school not being delighted with it. Well done.”

    Gary Mason, Headteacher & Head of Centre - Matthew Arnold Primary School & Dingle Lane Children Centre

    See pictures from the rehearsal session on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmuseumsliverpool/sets/72157622631875014/

  • The programme has an ancient Egyptian theme but uses a cross-curricula approach, which involves the following elements:

    • A high-impact visual spectacle to be experienced by the whole school.
    • An interactive performance to be experienced by KS2 classes.
    • A History/Science/Maths workshop for selected classes.
    • A resource box for loan, containing replica artefacts.
    • A sharing event with parents at the close of the school day capturing and celebrating the learning that has occurred.
    • Follow-up visits to World Museum Liverpool to see authentic objects and artefacts that will help pupils appreciate the stories and civilisation of ancient Egypt.
    • In addition there is a Continuing Professional Development strand to support teachers using the programme, and the associated cross-curricula resources. These are especially useful in the area of Literacy.

     

    You can find full details and supporting workshop notes on Liverpool City Region’s Find Your Talent pages.

 

Ancient Egyptian Adventure is directed by Patrick Dineen and features actors Emma Hirons as Dorothy, Eugene Collins as Jesse and Nebreshy, company manager Carl Cockram as Sobek and workshop facilitator Amanda Harwood as Anubis. The set was designed by Lois Maskell.
At World Museum you can experience the new Ancient Egypt gallery – the inspiration behind Ancient Egyptian Adventure – and journey back to the incredible world of the Pharaohs to discover the remarkable civilisation that built the Pyramids and the Sphinx. There are over 1,300 objects from our world-class collections on display, including animal mummies, ancient musical instruments and a tomb reconstruction based on a 4,000-year-old burial place. http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/humanworld/ancientworld/egyptian/gallery/

Ancient Egyptian Adventure is directed by Patrick Dineen and features actors Emma Hirons as Dorothy, Eugene Collins as Jesse and Nebreshy, company manager Carl Cockram as Sobek and workshop facilitator Amanda Harwood as Anubis. The set was designed by Lois Maskell.

At World Museum you can experience the new Ancient Egypt gallery – the inspiration behind Ancient Egyptian Adventure – and journey back to the incredible world of the Pharaohs to discover the remarkable civilisation that built the Pyramids and the Sphinx. There are over 1,300 objects from our world-class collections on display, including animal mummies, ancient musical instruments and a tomb reconstruction based on a 4,000-year-old burial place. Read more online.