Museum Activities

Tutankhamun: How a tomb cast a spell on the world

Saturday 7 May, 1pm to 2.30pm

King Tutankhamun ruled Egypt as pharaoh for ten years until his death at age 19. He was barely known to the modern world until 1922, when British archaeologist Howard Carter chiselled through a doorway and entered the boy pharaoh’s tomb, which had remained sealed for more than 3,200 years.

The tomb’s vast hoard of artefacts and treasure, intended to accompany the king into the afterlife, revealed an incredible amount about royal life in ancient Egypt, and quickly made King Tut a superstar. Triggering a worldwide interest in ancient Egypt. Hear how the discovery was made 100 years ago and find out: was the tomb really cursed!

Cost £5 per child. Advance booking is essential. Further information is available from David Brooks dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

The Past Comes Alive!

Saturday 28 May, 9.30am to 5pm

On a day where the past comes alive, learn about the local connections of past Kings and Queens and get an insight into the medieval period as part of events marking the Queen’s Jubilee.

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Jubilee Stamp Design Competition

Children are invited to design a postage stamp to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The lucky winner will have the chance to join the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell for tea in the historic parlour at the Town Hall.

Designs must be in by Wednesday 1 June.

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Queen's Jubilee CATS Club

Wednesday 1 June 2022
Two sessions - 11am to 12.30am and 1.30pm to 3pm

A extra special CATS Club for the Queens Platinum Jubilee chance to make yourself a very special commemorative souvenir of this historic event.

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Meet the Agincourt Archer and Pilgrim

Saturday 11 June 2022, 1pm to 2.30pm

An archer tells his story. Hear him talk about joining the army hundreds of miles from where he lived, his voyage across the Channel, his time in France, and his part in the famous battle.

Hear how he returned home a rich but scarred veteran. After several decades of peace, the English had resumed the war amid the failure of negotiations with the French in 1415. In the campaign, many soldiers died from disease and the English numbers dwindled; they tried to withdraw to Calais but found their path blocked by a considerably larger French army. Despite the numerical disadvantage, the battle ended in an overwhelming English victory. This battle began the use of the longbow in very large numbers, the English and Welsh archers making up nearly 80 percent of Henry’s army.

A pilgrim during the period of the Black Death tells the story of his journeys through France, his brush with the great pestilence and its effect on him and his country.

The Black Death began in Eurasia and lasted from 1346 to 1353. It was the most fatal pandemic in history (so far), killing 75 to 200 million people between 1347 and 1351. Bubonic plague is spread by fleas, but also spreads via the air from person to person.

Cost £5 per child. Advance booking is essential. Further information is available from David Brooks dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

The Tudor Stillroom and Pharmacy

Saturday 9 July

Discover life in a Tudor Pharmacy and keep off the moths by making a muslin sweet bag with ingredients pounded in a pestle and mortar.

Take a closer look at bay, rosemary, sage, plantain, lavender, and cypress, the plants that were available in season and their properties as a Tudor lady would know them.

Cost £5 per child. Advance booking is essential. Further information is available from David Brooks dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk