Ancient Egypt plays part in centenary celebrations

2nd Nov 2012

The history of ancient Egypt is now on display in the Manchester Museum, as it unveiled its new £1.57 million Ancient Worlds display, part of its centenary celebrations marking the original 1912 opening.

Unique insight into the ancient civilisations of Greece, Rome and Egypt is offered by the three different sections of the Ancient Worlds project - Discovering Archaeology, Egyptian Worlds and Exploring Objects.

Having received £772,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help finance the project, the redesign of the museum has taken 14 months, during which the artifacts from ancient Egypt and other destinations have been off display.

Dr Nick Merriman, Manchester Museum director, identified the significance of the new display by saying: "This is an important landmark in The Manchester Museum's history as we find new ways of displaying our collections which are some of the finest and most significant in the country. Not only are they a vital resource for the study of Archaeology and Egyptology but they also attract and inspire children who can discover the joy and importance of learning about the past."

Visitors can use their own mobile devices to listen to audio narratives about the exhibits as they browse the collection, via the museum's website.

After four years of planning and construction, Manchester Museum's head of marketing, Tim Manley, is delighted to see the new exhibition open, commenting: "Manchester Museum's Egyptology collection is one of the best in the country - it is a real asset for Manchester and for the university.

"We've got a lot more of our objects from Ancient Rome and medieval Manchester on display so there is a lot more local archaeology that wasn't there before."

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