Year 4 pupils from Tree Tops Primary Academy visited Maidstone Museum. 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 by bus, which the pupils really enjoyed.
Once at the museum, it was off with their coats and straight into the ‘mummification workshop’ 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 would be 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 was now complete.
To conclude 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 and were all very respectful and a credit to their academy.
A great time was had by all.