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The mysteries of ancient Egypt travel to museum

Stone figure at Museum of Lancashire

Stone figure at Museum of Lancashire

Treasures from the very beginnings of Egyptian history are going on show in an exhibition at the Museum of Lancashire (MoL).

‘From Egypt’s Sands to Northern Hills’ features a wide range of stunning artefacts spanning a period of more than 3,000 years, brought together from collections across the north west.

The exhibition focuses on objects relating to everyday life and the afterlife, which was central to the religion of ancient Egypt. All ancient Egyptians, from Pharaohs to farmers, believed in the afterlife and spent their lives preparing for it.

Charlotte Steels, Lancashire County Council’s museum manager at MOL, said: “We’re very excited to be bringing this fabulous exhibition to Preston.

“The items were excavated during the early 20th century by Professor John Garstang on behalf of Liverpool University.

“Many of the items are exceptionally well preserved and include wooden masks from the sarcophagi from buried tombs, fine pottery and statuettes.”

The exhibition was developed with financial support from Renaissance North West, and is the result of a project to develop a better understanding of Professor Garstang’s legacy.

Alongside the exhibits, a display of photographs offers a fascinating insight into what life was like on Garstang’s expeditions to Egypt before the First World War.

Charlotte added: “Family activities linked to the exhibition will be held on Saturday 24 November.”

The exhibition runs from 15 November to 20 January 2013. Admission is free.

For more information, phone 01772 534075 or email museumoflancashire@lancashire.gov.uk.

Alternatively visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museumoflancashire.

The MoL, on Stanley Street, Preston is run by Lancashire County Council.

 

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