Year 7 History Excursion – Chau Chak Wing Museum

On Monday the 20th and Tuesday the 21st of May, Year 7 History were excited to undertake a historical field visit to the newly opened Chau Chak Wing Museum at Sydney University. This provided a brilliant opportunity for them to apply some of their learning about historical investigations, inquiry and exploration into a real world experience, including a hands-on session where they were able to handle and question real world artefacts from ancient Rome, Greece, Persia and Egypt. 

All of the classes were fascinated by the range of displays on offer, but mostly the Lego replica of Pompeii, we enjoyed learning about the events of the Mt. Vesuvius eruption and how the people were fossilized by volcanic ash. We also had fun finding all the anachronisms that were hidden among the display.

As the day progressed we saw how living things are preserved through mummification and taxidermy and saw an actual mummified woman and boy from Ancient Egypt, the guide said they were thousands of years old, it was incredible to see the x-ray of the inside of the sarcophagus. We also got to see some rare Australian animals that had been preserved such as sharks, parrots and even a Tasmanian Tiger! 

The highlight of the day was the hands-on activity where we were all seated at different tables and had to wear gloves while handling some real ancient artifacts! The fascinating artifact I had chosen was a cat charm made of stone which was worn by people in ancient Egypt for good luck and protection. 

Our day at the museum was fascinating, the thing I enjoyed the most was being able to learn about all the different things people did back then and being able to look at all the ancient Egypt artifacts and mummies with my friends.

Year 7 History