Yorkshire schoolchildren uncover their Ancient Egyptian heritage

5 October 2017

Schoolchildren across Yorkshire are being given the opportunity to learn about their ancient Egyptian roots from a Barnsley-born Egyptologist.

Professor Joann Fletcher is hosting some school workshops taking place for primary school children to enhance their learning of ancient Egyptian civilisation. 

The workshops, supported by Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, are part of Barnsley Museums’ celebration of the history of ancient Egypt across three exhibitions at Experience Barnsley, The Cooper Gallery and Cannon Hall Museum. 

During the school sessions, Joann will take the children on a tour of the museums and galleries. The children will also learn about ancient Egyptian culture and beliefs with a focus on the sacred scarab beetle and will make their own scarab amulet out of clay with the Museums’ learning team.

The workshops support the national curriculum, which includes a requirement for children to study an ancient civilisation. Funding from Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust has been used to buy resources for the workshops, including clay and clay tools.

Joann Fletcher who is also a patron of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust said: “It’s really important that schools have the ability to come and engage with exhibitions such as Ancient Egypt in Barnsley so that local schoolchildren can understand their heritage.

“There are magnificent treasures to be found in the town and right across Yorkshire and it’s fantastic to have such brilliant resources on our doorstep.

“The exhibition and workshops allow children to think that one day they could study this subject and become an Egyptologist, an archaeologist or anything else that is their particular passion. This belief is made possible thanks to the wonderful support of the Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust.”

Joann, who was born in Barnsley and is a professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, has spent the last thirty years studying Yorkshire’s Egyptian past. She has now brought together the objects included in the exhibition for the very first time, telling stories that will bring ancient Egypt to life.

‘Gods’ Land in God’s County: Ancient Egypt in Yorkshire’ can be seen at Experience Barnsley until January 2018, along with a stunning collection of watercolours and drawings at The Cooper Gallery by Barnsley-born artist and archaeologist Harold Jones.

The Egyptian theme continues at Cannon Hall in October with the arrival of ‘Resurrecting Ancient Egypt’, featuring images by Jennifer Robertson and Lynne Fletcher of Kyte Photography.

Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust is a fundraising charity founded in 2015 to help preserve, enhance and champion the borough’s heritage for the future. For more information about Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, or to make a donation visit: http://www.bmht.org/

To book a school workshop contact Barnsley Museums Learning Team: learning@barnsley.gov.uk or call 01226 774872.

Notes to editor

Photograph shows schoolchildren from Cawthorne C of E Primary School visiting The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley

Media contact: Charlotte Goldthorpe on 01226 766900 or at charlotte@capitalbmedia.co.uk

About Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust

Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust is a fundraising charity founded in 2015 to help preserve, enhance and promote the borough’s heritage for the future.

The Trust - a voluntary independent board of community champions - aims to generate funds and engage the support of individuals, businesses and organisations to safeguard the future of Barnsley’s museums, as a source of learning, curiosity, inspiration and enjoyment for all. 

The Trust raises funds and support for five free-entry heritage attractions in Barnsley: Experience Barnsley, Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens, Worsbrough Mill and Country Park, The Cooper Gallery, and Elsecar Heritage Centre. Together the attractions welcome over one million visitors each year.

For more information on Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust visit:  http://www.bmht.org/. Follow the Trust on Twitter: @BarnsleyMHT  

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