Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ancient world gallery development - World Museum, Liverpool museums

Ancient world gallery development

Ancient world gallery now closed

Re-opening February 2017

The Ancient world gallery, which displays highlights from our ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek, Anglo-Saxon and Roman collections, is now closed until February 2017. It is closed to the public as the building works have now begun on an exciting new project to develop our ancient Egypt gallery.

The museum was awarded £300,000 from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Wolfson Foundation, through their DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, to improve the gallery.

It’s fantastic to have been awarded this funding, as it will allow us to tell the fascinating story of how Liverpool acquired its world-renowned ancient Egyptian collection.  We aim to recreate the grandeur of the gallery that was lost when the museum was hit by an incendiary bomb during the May Blitz in the Second World War.

The re-development will allow us to increase the objects on display and tell more stories, while also creating better conditions for the collections.

A small temporary display of objects

There are ancient Egyptian, Greek and Anglo-Saxon objects on display in the Weston Discovery Centre on the 3rd floor of the museum, while the Ancient world gallery is closed. Please note that the centre is only open Saturdays and Sundays during term time. It is open Monday-Sunday during school holidays.

Egyptian objects include the mummy of a young boy, examples of gold, silver and stone jewellery, an exquisite kohl pot and other funerary items such as model of a boat.

You can also find out about the shapes and decoration of Ancient Greek pottery and see the Kingston Brooch from our Anglo-Saxon collections.


What you can expect from the new Egypt gallery:

  • a new ‘Mummy Room’ displaying 12 mummies. The room will be housed in a restored gallery space that closed to visitors 35 years ago.
  • star objects highlighted and the recreation of the original pre-Second World War display.
  • visually stunning displays showcasing the diversity, size and significance of our collection.
  • the re-displaying of 4,000 incredible objects, some of which have never been on public display before.
  • new research about the Museum’s mummies and other objects.
  • new and advanced equipment for regulating environmental conditions for the collections.

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