Year 4 from Tree Tops Primary Academy visited Maidstone Museum (https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk) on Thursday 30th November. They are studying ‘Ancient Egypt’ in their history topic and visited the museum to learn more about mummification and to take part in a practical ‘mummification workshop’
The journey from their academy to Maidstone was undertaken by bus, which the pupils really enjoyed.
Once at the museum, it was off with their coats and straight into the ‘mummification workshop’ Nobody knew what to expect! After showing off their knowledge by confidently answering lots of questions about the Ancient Egyptian process of mummification, they were given a large orange. This represented a human skull and their job was to extract the brain, ready for mummification before the journey into the afterlife!
Step 1 – Make a hole to represent the nostril – this is where the brain is accessed from.
Step 2 – through the hole, remove the brain.
Step 3 – Add salt to the cavity to dry it out.
Step 4 – Put the ‘bung’ back into the ‘skull’ to close the hole, and shake.
Step 5 – Working with a partner, wrap the ‘skull’ in bandages.
The mummification process is now complete.
To finish the visit, the pupils visited the only human mummy in Kent. This is a mummy of a young girl called Ta-Kush. She was 14 years old when she died c.700-650BC. The pupils were very excited to see a real version of what they had been studying. All pupils were very respectful and a credit to their academy.
A great time was had by all.