Ancient Egypt Workshop
The reign of Tutankhamun
“With trembling hands, I made a tiny breach in the upper left hand corner… widening the hole a little, I inserted the candle and peered in… at first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle to flicker. Presently, details of the room emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues and gold – everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment – an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by – I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand in suspense any longer, inquired anxiously “Can you see anything?”, it was all I could do to get out the words “Yes, wonderful things”.
– Howard Carter
Step back in time to Ancient Thebes. A boy king has taken the throne after a time of turmoil, he is bringing back the old ways and restoring ma’at (order). The pupils will participate in the story of Tutankhamun’s reign through a combination of practical making activities, drama and role-play.
The morning workshop focuses on making and role play. The pupils will be met by Mamluk, a slave from the palace, who will guide them around the street of the dead. After a short introduction, the children will engage in a series of activities and role play that will immerse them in history. While working, the pupils will also be spreading news and asking questions to learn more about ancient Egypt and the reign of Tutankhamun.
The afternoon session consists of the pupils recreating the festival of Wepet-Renpet: The Opening of the Year. Pupils will practise and then perform The Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys, The Tale of Osiris or The Dance of the Wax Crocodile. Others will be slaves and attendants and two children will be chosen to be Pharaoh Tutankhamun and Queen Ankhesenamun.Request Booking
Those History People aim to keep our prices as competitive as we can. We break down the costs to your school as follows:
Number of children: The base price is based on the number of pupils participating. For the coming academic year (2019/20) an average-sized group of 60 pupils would be charged at £400.
Materials: The pupils will be making lots of things, so we also add a small materials charge. For the coming academic year (2019/20) an average-sized group of 60 pupils would be charged at £55.
Mileage: There will also be a small charge to cover fuel and travel. We are based in Cambridge (CB22 5NE). It is possible we may have to charge an addition Accommodation charge (at £70) for distant or hard to get to locations.
VAT: All of the above charges are subject to VAT tax (at 20%). State-funded schools (including Academies) will be able to reclaim VAT.
What You Need?
You only need to do 4 (or 5) small things.
The Hall: We bring a lot of equipment and many of our activities require a lot of space. In addition, our public liability insurance and Health and Safety policy require us to have a safe space to deliver the day if you can’t get the hall let us know in advance and tell us if you have a suitable alternative.
Adult Helpers: Each practical activity requires an adult supervisor (just like on a school trip). For an average group of 60 pupils we will need a minimum of 8 or 9 adults, depending on the day (the exact number will be stated in your booking email confirmation, attached to the confirmation email). Again this is to cover our public liability insurance and Health and Safety policy – and it will also allow your pupils to get the best out of their day.
Prepare the Pupils: preparing the pupils couldn’t be easier. When you receive your booking confirmation you’ll get a PDF document to print out and hand to your pupils. It includes a small amount of background material, a name to choose and how to make a simple costume. Costumes are important they make pupils feel part of the action, but don’t need to be expensive or bought.
Parking: We travel and transport our equipment by van. Onsite parking is essential, and parking close to the hall is desirable, it will make setting up quicker and safer. If there is a problem with parking let us know in advance so we can work it out together.
Food: The Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, 1066 day and V.E. Day workshops require a small amount of food for the feast in the afternoon. We wish we could provide the food ourselves, but the food hygiene regulations won’t permit it. However, some simple bread, cheese, grapes and water will suffice. We will provide all the serving baskets and metal goblets.
All confirmed bookings (that is after you have signed the online quote) may be subject to a cancellation fee if you cancel your booking with us.
- More than 30 days before the booked date no charge.
- 15 – 30 days of the booked date 10% of the total booking fee (including VAT): On an average fee of £600, the cancellation fee would be £60.
- 14 – 7 days of the booked date 50% of the total booking fee (including VAT): On an average fee of £600, the cancellation fee would be £300.
- Up to 7 days of the booked date 100% of the total booking fee (including VAT): On an average fee of £600, the cancellation fee would be £600.
In addition, it is possible that we will have to cancel the booking on the day if an unsafe space (e.g. not a hall-like space, suitable for the number of children) is provided to work in or if there are insufficient adult helpers. This is in accordance with our public liability insurance and health and safety policy. These rare occurrences will be cancelled at a rate of 100% of the total booking fee (including VAT). Whenever possible we will endeavour to give you the option to rearrange any booking due to conflicts of schools schedule, poor weather or circumstances out of your control.