Museum to modernise ancient Egypt collection

2nd Jan 2013

A lottery grant is set to fund lofty plans to modernise Bolton Museum's Egyptology gallery and turn it into a major visitor attraction for the town centre.

Bolton Council will receive a £115,300 grant to redesign the gallery, with the option of applying for a further £1.8 million in 2014.

Under the proposals, there will be the addition of another floor and a new feature which will allow the museum to upload digitised items onto its website.

The museum's collection will benefit from improved storage, while a new education and family learning programme will be created, as well as activities and volunteering opportunities for local residents and organisations.

The display area will be expanded and separated into two levels. Egyptian attitudes to the afterlife will be housed downstairs, a display which will include a replica of the burial chamber of Thutmosis III. The upper gallery will concentrate on ancient Egyptian life.

Bolton Council's cabinet member for culture, councillor Chris Peacock feels the funding will allow the council to enhance "one of the most significant ancient Egyptian collections in the UK" and improve access for visitors.

"We've got lots of ideas on how we can expand the gallery and develop the digital side of things so it can reach an even larger audience. We're very excited about what the future holds for the gallery," he said.

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