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10 October 2018 - 31 December 2021
Something ancient’s cooking

Something ancient’s cooking...

At the Foundation's Archaeological Museum!


Certified by the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth


The museum education programme titled “Something ancient is cooking”, hosted at the Archaeological Museum of the George and Nefeli Giabra-Pierides Collection, is addressed to Primary School’s fourth and fifth grades. The programme explores aspects associated with nutrition in Cyprus in antiquity as an inextricable part of our cultural heritage. More specifically, it looks closely at the raw materials incorporated into the dietary habits of the ancient Cypriots, food processing, utility vessels for storing, consuming, serving and carrying food, as well as banquets (festive/aristocratic meals) and daily meals. All this is brought out through interactive museum storytelling which serves as an invitation to a journey across time. A wealth of experiential learning activities, based on principles of museum education and drama education, actively engage participants in the programme.


Intrigued by an ancient Cypriot lady as their guide, the children become acquainted with her everyday life and playfully explore the different parameters of nutrition. They touch and process the ingredients, tools and utility vessels (replicas) as they put to use the museum’s digital technology. Their experience is enriched by interactive exhibits/games, designed specifically for this educational programme. The initiative has been carefully designed in such way as to provide a multisensory experience and encourage pupils to engage with the past, the present and the future of our nutrition and dietary habits in the broader context of cultural, social and environmental parameters.


The interdisciplinary design of the programme opens it up to interconnections with the school curriculum and to a variety of subjects , for instance History, Art Education, Health Education, Language and Culture, Environmental Education and Education for Sustainability.



Planning: Marina Katsari, Drama Teacher; Dr Chrystalla Antoniou, Museum Educator


Materialization: Marina Katsari, Drama Teacher


Scientific Consultants: Demetrios Michaelides, Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, University of Cyprus; Charis Papadopoulou, PhD Candidate in Archaeology, University of Cyprus, Elisavet Stefani, PhD Candidate in Archaeology, University of Cyprus 


Supervision: Dr Chrystalleni Lazarou, President, Cyprus Food and Nutrition Museum

Duration: October 2019 - June 2020
For 4th and 5th Grades Primary School


For info and reservations: 22 128 175