Leicester Museum prepares to reopen exhibition

New Walk Museum preparing new Ancient Egypt galleries. The lid of the inner coffin of Bes-en-Mut, a 7th century BC Priest from the temple of Min, Panopolis, soon to be seen by the public.


By Muhsin Cabdi

A museum in Leicester is hosting an event to celebrate the reopening of its Ancient Egyptian exhibition.

Leicester’s New Walk museum had to close its Ancient Egyptian gallery so it could be rejuvenated.

The reason for the renovation was that the original gallery, that had remained the same since its opening in 1994, was considered to be old and outdated.

The museum received £200,000 for the renovation project, along with an extra £145,000 grant from the DCMS/ Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.

The Ancient Egyptian exhibition will now reside in two separate galleries on the New Walk Museum’s first floor.

Madeleine Redway, Press Officer for Leicester City Council, said: “One is dedicated to life in Ancient Egypt and the other is dedicated to death in Ancient Egypt.”

The new galleries will host a wide range of exhibits dated to the ancient Egyptian period of history.

Madeleine said: “The main event this Saturday is the opening of our new Ancient Egyptian galleries.

“The brand-new galleries contain 400 artefacts, paintings and sculptures.

“We have four mummies.”

The galleries are expected to be popular with people from Leicester and other cities, in particular the children.

Madeleine said: “There’s something about ancient Egypt and museums that kids find fascinating.”

The two new galleries inn New Walk in Leicester are expected to open this Saturday, October 20.

As a bonus, entrance to the museum on that day will be free including access to the two new galleries.

Bes-en-mut close up (1)
Mummy dearest:  Bes-en-Mut is one of the four mummies that will be on display in the new galleries.



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