Stirring Up The Past: The Journey of an Egyptian Shabti

Stirring Up The Past is a suite of interactive learning resources for Key Stage 2, with strong curriculum links to History, English, Maths, Science, Geography, Art, SMSC and PSHE.


Working with a group of local teachers, Leeds Museums and Jael Williams Consultants, we’ve taken our passion for stories to create two films, and two audio stories that imagine important moments in the journey of an ancient Egyptian artefact – a Shabti – from its origin in the Valley of the Kings to Leeds Museums collection.  Inspired by real people and events, the four stories immerse the viewer/listener in the past and present life of the shabti, enabling them to follow in the footsteps of Ipi, the apprentice who made the Shabti, the Victorian collectors who brought the shabti to Leeds, and a modern-day curator as she considers what other ancient objects to accept into the museum’s collections.


We also hear from the Shabti himself as he reflects on the people and events that have shaped his destiny.


The four stories are accompanied by a range of classroom activities and teacher’s notes, all of which can be accessed for free through MyLearning, an online platform that has a variety of trusted learning materials from cultural and heritage organisations across the UK:


Here’s a sneak preview of one of the stories: