Dressing up in Ancient Egypt

Course Dates: 04/08/20 - 11/08/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

What can surviving textiles tell us about the minutiae of daily life in Ancient Egypt? We will consider how the Egyptians wove such fine linen, what other fabrics were available, how they pleated their party dresses, and how often and they washed their underwear. A local museum visit brings all to life.


What is the course about?

The Ancient Egyptians were famed for their linen, and the aim of this course is to survey their textile industry. The focus is on production techniques and the organic remains in the form of surviving clothing.

What will we cover?

Fabrics, spinning, weaving, pleating, standard garments, laundering. Surviving garments with a visit to the Petrie Museum.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- List the fabrics available to the Ancient Egyptians
- Describe spinning and weaving techniques
- Assess methods of laundering and pleating
- Discuss typical clothing items worn by both the elite and the poor
- Evaluate the presence of gendered clothing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to all, but an interest in Egyptology and/or museums would be helpful.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be a series of short tutor presentations, as well as group discussions and tasks. There will also be a visit to the Petrie Museum at University College London. Be prepared to engage in short readings / watching short video clips outside the class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The tutor will be teaching a Saturday Day School in each of the three terms during 2017-18. That in the Autumn Term will be on Tutankhamun’s underwear.

Tutor Biographies
Rosalind Janssen

Rosalind Janssen has a first degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham, specialising in Egyptology. She was a curator in UCL's Petrie Museum where, having discovered the world's earliest dress, she became a specialist in Ancient Egyptian textiles. She then became a Lecturer in Egyptology at UCL's Institute of Archaeology. Following this she moved to the UCL Institute of Education, swapping Egyptology for Education. She currently teaches Egyptology courses at the City Lit, and at Oxford University. She has published widely, including a book Growing Up and Getting Old in Ancient Egypt. She has also excavated in Egypt, including the Valley of the Kings.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: RC147

Tue, day, 04 Aug - 11 Aug '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £42.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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