A group of academic scholars recently had the opportunity to attend an thrilling trip to the British Museum, visiting the extraordinary exhibition ‘Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt’

The display interweaved the story of decipherment with compelling insights into ancient Egyptian life and culture.

Pupils witnessed artefacts and papyruses covered in hieratic and demotic writing from as early as 1336 BC, endeavouring to understand the perplexing process of solving the mysterious messages.

A highlight was encountering the world-famous Rosetta stone, which became the key to unlocking ancient Egypt’s puzzling language of symbols.

When we came close to it, the thought of the enormous historical significance it holds captivated us. 

- Nini and Melania, Year 12

The group caught sight of unique artefacts of Egyptian history, including; a commemorative relief which depicted Ramesses II and the battle of Kadesh, Egyptian medicine, tales of mythology, codes of law, love poems, and finally the Shabaka Stone – the only surviving copy of the Egyptian religious text known as ‘Memphite Theology of Creation’ which dates as far as 710 BC.

Thank you to everyone who made this memorable trip possible.

Both Rosetta and Shabaka stone, left us completely enchanted by the brilliance and erudition of the Ancient Egyptians.

- Nini and Melania, Year 12