The British Museum: school exclusive visits for Sunken Cities

Date Posted: 09/05/2016

Exclusive schools-only mornings are now available at the British Museum’s Sunken Cities exhibition.

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds will run from 19th May until 27th November, and provide an insight into the connections between ancient Egypt and Greece.

The exhibition sheds light on the recent rediscovery of two lost cities of ancient Egypt which have been submerged under the sea for over a thousand years.

At this exhibition, children can discover how this archaeological find is transforming historians’ understanding of the connections between ancient Egypt and Greece.

Learning time

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds will have educational links to a number of subjects, including History, Religious Education and Citizenship.

The exclusive school sessions will be available for Key Stage 2 students. Each visit lasts two hours. 

Children will have the chance to extend their historical enquiry skills, respond creatively to objects and explore ideas of identity.

From archaeological finds to underwater photography, there are plenty of materials to aid learning.

The school-exclusive mornings are free to attend, and learning resources are available for teachers to download, including worksheets encouraging students to find objects relating to History or Religion.

More about Sunken Cities

The displays will show how the exploration of the cities Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus – submerged at the mouth of the River Nile for over a thousand years – helps historians understand the relationship between ancient Egypt and the Greek world.

Sunken Cities will bring together 300 historic objects excavated off the coast of Egypt between 1996 and 2012.

The exhibition will look at cross-cultural exchange and different aspects of religion – particularly the worship of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the afterlife.

Additionally, schools will be able to learn about the arrival of Greeks in Egypt and how they were controlled by the Pharaohs.

You can find out more in the video below:


Booking a school visit

Sessions are now available to book; teachers and organisers should call 020-7323 8181 or e-mail tickets@britishmuseum.org to secure a place.

For further information visit www.britishmuseum.org.

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