Mysteries of ancient Egypt revealed

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Treasures from the beginnings of Egyptian history will be on show at Lancaster City Museum from Saturday, February 2.

From Egypt’s Sands to Northern Hills features artefacts spanning more than 3,000 years, brought together from collections across the north west.

Heather Dowler, Lancashire County Council’s museum manager at the city museum, said: “All of the relics on show were discovered by Professor John Garstang while excavating in Egypt, on behalf of Liverpool University, between 1900 and 1914. Professor Garstang mainly excavated in cemeteries, which means the objects he retrieved were often of high quality and very well-preserved.

“Among the objects were beautifully decorated vessels, stone statuettes of ordinary soldiers and a very impressive array of wooden masks. Many of these objects are included in this fantastic exhibition.”

Free, family activities are also being held, including:

Saturday, February 2, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, have a go at making your own Egyptian Mask like those worn by mummified Pharaohs.

Monday, February 18, 10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm, Pyramid Builder - Build your very own Egyptian Pyramid and discover how these impressive structures were built.

Tuesday, February 19, 10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm. Mummy Mayhem - discover how mummies are made and make your own Egyptian Mummy puppet.

Thursday, February 21, 10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm. Cartouche Crazy - discover how to write like an Egyptian. Use hieroglyphics and make your own Egyptian cartouche.

Friday, February 22, 10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm. Meet an archaeologist - find out about the archaeologist’s awesome discoveries in Egypt and have a go at becoming an archaeologist yourself.

A photograph display also offers an insight into what life was like on Garstang’s expeditions to Egypt before the First World War. The exhibition was developed with financial support from Renaissance North West.

To book activities, call 01524 64637 or email, or visit