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Schools see Eton’s Egyptian Antiquities

A number of rare objects from the Myers Collection will be touring schools around the Slough and Windsor areas this term, helping pupils to learn about life in Ancient Egypt. Last term more than 200 children had the opportunity to examine amulets, shabti figures, pottery fragments from canopic jars, die, mummified remains, and even a piece of bread from the collection. The items are used to bring alive stories of Ancient Egyptian customs, daily life and beliefs. To date, seven schools have worked with the collection, enabling children aged between 6 and 9 years old and their teachers, to get up close to the rare objects. The sessions are a part of the Eton College Collections’ outreach programme. The items themselves were collected by former Etonian Major William Joseph Myers, who was killed in action in the first month of the second Boer War in 1899. He bequeathed his collection, which includes antiquities, his library and diaries to his former school.

Date Posted: 13 January 2015

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