Bolton’s Egypt Collection

After a busy few weeks at the museum celebrating the Festival of Archaeology, we held our last event today. A small group from the Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society visited the museum’s new storage facility. They got to see some artefacts that had been hiding away in a dark store for years.

Visit to the store

One of the objects we looked at was this unidentified item from Amarna, any guesses to what it is??

Object from Amarna

The group also advised us on our plans for a Heritage Lottery Fund project to create a new Egypt Gallery. Bolton Museum has around 12,000 artefacts in the Egypt collection. The biggest benefactor was a local mill owners daughter, Annie Barlow (1863-1941). She became the Local Secretary for the Egyptian Exploration Society and donated her finds to the museum.

Annie Barlow

Annie Barlow – Copyright Bolton Council

A new gallery along with an online database will make this collection even more accessible to the public. We are currently in the first phase of funding with the hope of securing the full amount next year to carry out the work. For more information you can follow our progress on our Facebook page.