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Egyptian treasures on show at Lancaster City Museum

An Egyptian mask making workshop was held to mark the opening of the Egyptian exhibition in the City Museum, organised by museum assistant, Catherine Bleasdale. Pictured with their Egyptian maskes are, from left, Charlotte Cassidy, Spencer Whiteside, Joeseph Bousfield, alison Gardner and Rhys Townley.

An Egyptian mask making workshop was held to mark the opening of the Egyptian exhibition in the City Museum, organised by museum assistant, Catherine Bleasdale. Pictured with their Egyptian maskes are, from left, Charlotte Cassidy, Spencer Whiteside, Joeseph Bousfield, alison Gardner and Rhys Townley.

Treasures from the very beginnings of Egyptian history have gone on show at Lancaster City Museum.

From Egypt’s Sands to Northern Hills features a wide range of 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.

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.”

The exhibition also features a series of free, family-friendly events, including activities for half-term:

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

*Cartouche Crazy – Thursday February 21 – 10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm: discover how to write like an Egyptian. Use hieroglyphics and make your own Egyptian cartouche out of clay.

*Meet an Archaeologist – Friday February 22 – 10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm: find out about our Victorian archaeologist’s awesome discoveries in Egypt and have a go at becoming an archaeologist yourself.

This type of session needs to be booked, as it is often oversubscribed. If you are unable to attend once you have booked, please let the museum know so that someone else can fill your place.

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.

For more information and to book activities, phone 01524 64637 or email lancastercitymuseum@lancashire.gov.uk.

 

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