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Tutankhamun - A Landmark for Schools. Since opening in 1987, teachers have brought children from all over the south and west of England, and beyond, to Dorchester to experience the mystery and wonder of Tutankhamun.
Dorchester has become an outpost of Ancient Egypt since the coming of The Tutankhamun Exhibition, one of the most comprehensive exhibition on the boy pharaoh outside of Egypt. Indeed, for some years now, Dorchester has often been the only place where you can experience the splendour of Tutankhamun’s tomb itself, for the real tomb in the Valley of the Kings restricts the number of visits. This is done to conserve the Tomb. Apparently the heat and humidity from the bodies of the numerous tourists, who regularly crowded into the tomb, caused a growth of bacteria which threatened the tomb’s long-term survival. The Tutankhamun Exhibition is the successor to the famous 1972 London exhibition at the British Museum. However, because the Exhibition uses unique, accurate and perfect facsimiles of the king’s treasures, it has been possible to recreate the ante-chamber and sarcophagus chamber of the tomb exactly as it was when Howard Carter discovered it in 1922.
This unique factor has made the Exhibition famous in its own right. It has been extensively featured on numerous national and international television programmes including a five part documentary on Tutankhamun by the BBC called "The Face of Tutankhamun". Other programmes featuring the Tutankhamun Exhibition have included "Discovering Tutankhamun", "Tutankhamun's Legacy" and "Dan Cruickshank's Egypt". But perhaps you know it best from its use in the BBC’s highly successful school series ‘Landmarks’. The Tutankhamun Exhibition’s wealth of information, both on Tutankhamun and ancient Egypt, the ingenious layout, construction and design, means the Exhibition appeals to people of all ages, from the very young to those who can recall the worldwide publicity of the 20’s and 30’s.
With the inclusion of Ancient Egypt in the National Curriculum, and in particular the emphasis on Tutankhamun, The Exhibition has become a ‘must’ for schools, a wonderful resource to which children can really relate. For those thinking of bringing a party, it is advisable to book well in advance, otherwise it may not be possible to obtain the dates you require. We guarantee you a successful visit!
Location: The Tutankhamun Exhibition is in the centre of Dorchester, Dorset's county town, in High West Street. It is pedestrian signposted from major car parks.
Coach & Car Park: We are 200 metres from the coach/car park at the ‘Top of Town’ roundabout. Coaches cannot stop outside the Exhibition. A Park and Ride scheme is available and signposted from approach roads.
Getting to Dorchester:
By Road - Dorchester is centrally situated on the intersection of the A35 and the A37, and is within comfortable distance of the M5, M3, and M27.
By Rail - There are excellent rail links by Intercity from Waterloo to Dorchester South Station, or from Bristol to Dorchester West Station.
Disabled: The Exhibition is suitable for those with impaired mobility. Two steps at access point - temporary ramps available. The Amarna Gallery is not accessible to wheelchairs.
Other special needs:- Hearing Impaired - Although there are several audio programmes, all information is clearly labelled. Partially Sighted - some difficulty may be experienced with the low level of atmospheric lighting.
ENGLISH: Development of writing systems (Rosetta Stone, etc). Poetry: Hymn to Aten, The Gods - From the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
GEOGRAPHY - Egypt’s position in the world. Importance of the Nile.
TECHNOLOGY - Trade, raw material - Gold.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Religion of Ancient Egypt. Gods & Goddesses. Funeral Customs. Sacred Texts. Atenism - the first monotheistic religion.
SCIENCE - Egyptian technology - invention of glass. Chemistry of mummification. Egyptian science.
MATHEMATICS - Mathematics of the ancient Egyptians, etc. ART - Great Treasures of Egyptian Art.
CROSS CURRICULAR ELEMENTS - Education for economic and industrial understanding - distribution of wealth, employment and division of labour, and the everyday life of the ancient Egyptians.
Teacher Reconnaissance Visits: Free of Charge. Please telephone in advance and identify yourself at the admission desk on arrival. Worksheets: A free worksheet is available for each child. There are two levels and samples are available on request. Please feel free to copy and/or alter the worksheet in advance to suit your own specific purposes.
The Tutankhamun Exhibition Guide: This 32 page book lavishly illustrated with colour photgraphs has been written by Dr Michael Ridley - the Director of The Tutankhamun Exhibition. Cost £2.50 including p&p. Introductory Talks: An introductory talk is available on arrival if required. The talk is free of charge and is designed to link school work with the material in The Exhibition and to give a chance for pupils' questions.
Shop: The Tutankhamun Exhibition
has a large gift shop with a wide range of souvenirs, casts, jewellery,
papyrus, Hieroglyphic Kits and many more Egyptian themed items. There
is an extensive book section with a wide selection of titles for adults
and children. Mail order is available. You can also visit our Online Store
Toilets: We suggest that children use the public toilets at the coach park before visiting The Exhibition as toilets are not available on site.
Party Size and Organisation: The ideal size of a group is 30 pupils. It is however possible to have two groups within the Exhibition at a time with a third later. We try to avoid mixing groups from two different schools.
Duration of Visit: In general 90 minutes should be allowed for a visit, but this can be varied to meet individual requirements. On arrival an introductory talk is given. The group is then free to explore the Exhibition at their own pace. Everything is fully labelled and there are audio presentations. The Exhibition contains a great deal of information on ancient Egypt in general, as well as Tutankhamun in particular.
How to Book: It is advisable to e-mail or telephone to see whether the date and time of your proposed visit is available. We will then make a booking, either provisional or definite. Once you have confirmed this booking we will send you written confirmation of the details plus other information.
Prices: (for 15 or more in a group) £4.20 per pupil. £6.50 per adult. One adult is admitted free for every ten pupils. Special joint rates are available for visits to The Dinosaur Museum on the same day. These are £6.95 per pupil and £11.75 per adult.
Mummies Exhibition: Mummies is a unique exhibition which unravels the secrets of 3000 years of ancient Egyptian mummification, featuring Rameses the Great and other Royal Mummies. A superb collection of unwrapped mummies, mummified sacred animals, death-masks and other treasures specially recreated for this fascinating exhibition. Click here to visit Mummies Exhibition website.
Payment: Payment should be made on arrival preferably by a cheque made payable to The Tutankhamun Exhibition. Cash or credit cards are equally acceptable.
World Heritage Education Officer: Daphne Main
Telephone: 01305 269571 (Information & Bookings), 01305 269741 (Admin). Fax: 01305 268885.