The museum is undergoing a £3.8m revamp and specialist exhibition designers have produced a series of images which show how its extensive Egypt collection could be showcased.

The final concepts will be produced in the spring and the new-look museum is expected to re-open in 2018.

The images show four different stages of the planned new visitor experience for the museum’s ‘Eternal Egypt’ exhibition.

Under the current plans, visitors will be welcomed to the ‘Rotunda’ which will set the scene and explain why Bolton Museum has such an extensive Egyptology collection.

The planned gallery

A section named ‘Land & People’ is devoted to artefacts showing the everyday life of Egyptians.

Visitors are then taken through a darkened ‘Beliefs’ section focussing on death and the afterlife before heading to the museum’s facsimile tomb of Thutmose III, a full size reproduction of the Pharaoh’s burial chamber which would be the jewel in the crown of the exhibition.

Finally, the ‘Reflections’ area will consider comparisons between Boltonians and the Ancient Egyptions.

The images are being shared on social media so the public can commment and inform the final designs.

Bolton Council’s cabinet member for culture, youth and sport, Coun John Byrne, said: “As initial concepts for the new Eternal Egypt gallery, these designs are really exciting and give a flavour of what our museum could look like.

“These designs are subject to change as we are just at the start of this creative journey, but I can’t wait to see the finished gallery and welcome visitors to our fantastic museum. We’d love to hear what people think and would encourage them to get involved on social media.”

Nichola Ward, of Leach Studio which came up with the designs, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in such an exciting project, and look forward to working with the Bolton community as our creative designs begin to evolve. Museum and heritage is at the heart of our business and we can’t wait to bring Egyptology to life!”

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