Exploration of Egyptian Treasures at the British Musem

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Would you like to explore beneath the surface of the major Egyptian collection in the UK? This afternoon gallery tour provides an opportunity to join an Egyptologist in exploring selected highlights of the Egyptian artefacts on display in the British Museum. We will look at a selection of pieces in the Sculpture Gallery (Room 4), the Early Egypt Gallery (Room 64) and if possible the Nebamun Gallery (Room 61) to gain an appreciation of Egyptian art and material culture across a period of more than three millennia.

Additional information about this course

Meeting point at the entrance to the museum at the top of the steps to the left

Course aim

This afternoon gallery tour will introduce and discuss some of the major Egyptian artefacts on display in the British Museum enabling an appreciation of the background and importance of each piece.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Differentiate artefacts from at least four different periods of ancient Egypt
  • Describe a selected Egyptian artefact from the British Museum
  • Identify the original provenance of a major Egyptian artefact from the British Museum
  • Discuss the value of visiting a collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK

How will I be taught?

  • This will be a gallery tour with tutor presentation and some group discussion in front of objects on display

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Informal with no tests

What else do I need to know?

  • Meet to the left of the steps of the front (main) entrance to the museum, please allow time to pass through the security check, proceed directly to the south end of Room 4 if you are delayed. The course will involve long periods of standing, and the museum environment may be noisy.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Any prior visit (on the same day or another) to the galleries would be helpful but is not required, it may also be useful (but not at all required) to read an introductory book on ancient Egypt.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • There will be an opportunity to proceed to WEA Egyptology courses in 2020/21 in and around the region, the tutor can provide details of these on the day.

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Exploration of Egyptian Treasures at the British Musem

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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