A dad helped his son’s ancient Egypt project by building him a life-size tomb with a mummy inside.
Richard Brigg, 47, spent six weeks and £250 on the pharaoh’s masterpiece for seven-year-old Alexander.
He sprang into action when a teacher asked the third-grade student if his engineer father could build an Egyptian tomb, or sarcophagus, for the class.
Richard said: “I thought I could give it a try.”
In the evening after Alexander went to bed, he made the shell – from foam board, polystyrene and papier-mâché.
He then decorated it inspired by Tutankhamun.
He said: “The mummified pharaoh inside was a Halloween prop that I inflated with more polystyrene and pipe installation before using papier-mache on the head.”
But trouble piled up when he dyed the bandages with tea.
He recalls: “Besides making the house stink like a tea merchant, by the time we had washed them of the smell of tea, they had returned to an almost normal color.”
However, the result thrilled Alexander’s classmates and his teacher at Moorside Primary School in Lancaster.
Richard laughed: “It went better than I thought.”
He is now back home but he will offer it to other schools because “it looks too good to hide in a cellar”.