Medicine in Ancient Times

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Cost: £50

Subject: History

Duration: 90 Minutes

Numbers: 10 –  25

Level: KS4

Adults: One adult per 15 students

Session Summary

Students will examine what we can learn about medicine and health in the ancient world by analysing objects and human remains that tell us more about medicine and health in ancient societies. They will be encouraged to reflect on the amount of progress there was in ancient understanding of the causes of disease and methods of treatment by considering the co-existence of spiritual beliefs with developments in the understanding of physiology and anatomy.

Ancient Egypt will be used as a case study to explore how the ancient Egyptians developed a deeper understanding of medicine and health, and how museum objects as primary sources can be utilised by historians.

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Session Outcomes

Pupils will:

  • Explore the coexistence in ancient societies of spiritual and natural beliefs with developments in the understanding of physiology, anatomy and the causes of disease.
  • Reflect on the nature of museum objects as primary sources the usefulness and limitations of them as primary sources.
  • Analyse specific objects to determine if they represent progress in understanding of medicine and health.
  • Examine objects from Ancient Egypt to explore what factors influenced understanding of medicine and health in ancient Egypt.

Gallery Time

During this workshop students visiting our Discovering Archaeology Gallery.

If you are planning to spend time exploring the Museum either before or after your session please tell us this when you complete our “Make a Booking” form,  below.

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If you are unsure whether this session would be suitable for your group, please speak with our

bookings coordinator on 0161 275 2630 or email


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