An ancient Egyptian child's experience of growing up was very different to that of children today.
This story displays objects that help bridge the millennia from ancient Egypt through to the common experience of childhood.
Even if a child survived the dangers of birth and infancy, society offered very different prospects for girls and boys.
Except for the rich and privileged, most girls could expect a life as a housewife and mother. Only boys were taught to read and write hieroglyphs. And they were expected to learn their father’s trade.
Yet the story shows that we can all identify with ancient Egyptian children through our shared experience of growing up.