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Press Release - Award winning Egyptologists inspire new students

Barnsley College


Former Barnsley College student Dr Joann Fletcher and her research partner Dr Stephen Buckley of the University of York, recently returned to Barnsley Sixth Form College to speak to new and current A Level students.


The pair, who won a BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award for their Channel 4 documentary Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret, visited the College on Wednesday 27 June and delivered two informative talks at the College’s SciTech Centre.


Their first session was delivered to 60 students currently studying AS Level Archaeology, Classical Civilisation and/or History. This academically grounded lecture focussed on fieldwork with mummies including ancient Egyptian mummies, Meso-American burial practices and bodies preserved in ice and peat bogs.


This was followed by a session to 50 GCSE students who will be starting at the Sixth Form College in September. This talk focused on Dr Fletcher’s career and what inspired her to become an Egyptologist. She spoke about her experience as a young child visiting the 1972 Tutankhamun exhibition in London and her time studying A Levels at the College.


Mark Goodrham, Head of School for English, Languages and Humanities at Barnsley Sixth Form College, said: “It is always fascinating to see Joann and Stephen; the insight they provide our students into the world of archaeology and fieldwork really enriches their learning experience and for our new students it is a real inspiration to see a former student achieve so much in their chosen field.”