Two Museums awarded funding for ancient Egypt galleries.

It was announced yesterday that two UK museums have been awarded funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation for the development of their ancient Egypt galleries.

The Oriental Museum, Durham University, has been awarded £97,520 towards the re-display of their Thacker Gallery of Egypt. Named after the Museum’s founder, Professor T. W. Thacker, the gallery is one of two devoted to ancient Egypt at the Museum and will showcase some of the highlights from their Egyptian art and archaeology collection. You can find out more about the fascinating history of the Museum’s ancient Egypt collection here.

The World Museum, Liverpool, has been awarded £300,000 towards the expansion and improvement of their ancient Egypt galleries. Plans include a new ‘Mummy Room’ and the display of 4,000 objects, some of which have never been shown publicly before. The galleries will also be reconnecting with the collection’s history, with plans to tell the story of how the collection was acquired and to recreate the displays lost to bombing in the Second World War. You can find out more about the Museum’s exciting new plans, and keep up-to-date with progress, on their blog.

The Oriental Museum and World Museum are just two of twenty-five museums across England that have been awarded grants totalling £3 million. Information about other projects receiving funding from the DCMS and Wolfson Foundation can be found here.