Medicine in Ancient Times

Session Summary

Students will examine what we can learn about medicine and health in the ancient world by analysing objects and human remains. Ancient Egypt will be used as a case study to explore how the ancient Egyptians developed a deeper understanding of medicine and health.

At a glance

Etruscan womb

Cost: £50

Subject: History

Duration: 90 minutes

Numbers: 10 –  25

Level: KS4

Adults: One adult per 15 students


See this session in action:

Session Activities and 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.

National Curriculum Links for KS4

Links to the History Curriculum
  • Supporting a thematic study of change and continuity in a specific area.
  • Using contemporary source material appropriate to the period to frame their own valid historical questions and make their own valid historical claims.
  • Studying the links between  cultural, economic, social, political, religious and military history and the way that these types of history played a part in the history of medicine.
Links to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development
  • Enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.
  • Enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Enabling students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public
    institutions and services in England.

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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