Visitors to ‘Bolton’s Egypt’ can learn about the town’s important links to the world of pharaohs and pyramids in the family-friendly, interactive gallery. It now has space for 2000 objects, which more than doubles its previous capacity.

The new exhibition space features a full size reproduction of the burial chamber of Thutmose III, which visitors can walk through. It puts on show some of the 15,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts in Bolton’s Egyptology collection including the oldest sample of mummification in the world.

Bolton’s Egyptology collection is one of the most significant ancient Egyptian collections in the UK. A local mill owner’s daughter, Annie Barlow, was a member of the Egypt Exploration Society in the 19th Century and helped to raise funds for excavations in Egypt. The Egypt Exploration Society donated numerous finds to the Chadwick Museum – the Victorian forerunner for Bolton Museum.

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