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An Eqyptian trip to Highclere Castle

An Eqyptian trip to Highclere Castle

On Wednesday 7th November, the children in Years 3 and 4 visited Highclere Castle as their surprise ‘Marvellous Middle’ trip. As well as providing the setting for ‘Downton Abbey’, Highclere is the home of Lord and Lady Carnarvon. The current Lord Carnarvon is the great grandfather of the Lord Carnarvon who, along with his friend Howard Carter, was responsible for discovering the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun in Egypt in 1922.

After a long coach journey we arrived at Highclere, which was an amazing sight. Both the Castle and the grounds were beautiful.  We stayed in our tutor groups and each group took part in one of four different activities.

One of the activities was a walk in the gardens. We walked down to the Secret Garden, then ran back up the hill and sat on a bench underneath an enormous cedar tree (we learnt that cedar wood was used to make sarcophagi in Ancient Egyptian times).  We also spent time in the activities room, where we were able to try out lots of different things, including making hieroglyphic cartouches and card pyramids and making rubbings of Ancient Egyptian figures. There were lots of artefacts and pictures to look at. One of the activities was dressing up as Ancient Egyptians! Probably the most exciting of the four activities was going to the Egyptian Antiquities room, where we saw lots of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, some of them over 3,500 years old.

From there we continued on the Path to Discovery, which culminated in a recreation of the treasures found by Lord Carnarvon and  Howard Carter in a recreated tomb. It was quite dark and spooky in parts. It was amazing to see a real sarcophagus.

We all had a wonderful time at Highclere. We learnt lots of new information and also impressed the Highclere guides with the things we already knew about Ancient Egypt!