Project: Ancient Egypt

MADCOS is proud to be working with The Atkinson Museum in Southport on an Ancient Egypt Workshop project. Earlier in 2015 MADCOS History Co-ordinators met with Helen Thackray, lifelong learning officer at The Atkinson, to discuss the development of a new outreach history service. Helen listened to ideas about how best the Museum could meet the needs of schools and how schools could benefit in a cost-effective way.

The main focus was the museum’s ‘Discover Ancient Egypt’ Collection which consists primarily of artefacts collected in the late 19th Century by local collector Ann Goodison. Helen wanted to find ways of bringing this important collection to the attention of children across Sefton, with information both about the artefacts themselves, and the amazing Victorian lady who was responsible for putting them together.

Following on from the MADCOS workshop, The Atkinson employed a scriptwriter who used contemporary (Victorian) material to compose a compelling drama for children. An actor was then employed who takes on a number of parts and tells the story of Mrs Ann Goodison, how she went to Egypt to explore her passion and brought back the artefacts which can be seen in the museum today. The performance is highly innovative, being interactive throughout. Pupils contribute ideas at various points which then shape the play, and get involved in the interpretation of hieroglyphics and in identifying artefacts.

Over a few weeks in June and July the hour long workshop will be piloted in a number of schools across MADCOS, and feedback will be used to develop the performance so that it can be rolled out successfully across Sefton Schools in the academic year 2015/2016. Below you can see pictures of the the first performance at Lydiate Primary. You can see the scriptwriter and actor interacting with the children at various points in the performance. Both children and teachers were very impressed with the event and other schools look forward to seeing the play in the near future.