Constructing the “Egypt in Reading” exhibition at the Ure Museum

Images courtesy of M. Knight/Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology 

In February 2020 the Ure Museum opened a new exhibition, “Egypt in Reading: Stories from the Liverpool Collection”. From the planning stages, the exhibition sought to present the colonial context of excavations directed by John Garstang in Egypt (1902-1909), which underpins the artefacts acquired in 1923 by Percy Ure from Liverpool. This talk will explore the archives in the Garstang Museum that feature heavily in the exhibition, introduce some of the various ‘voices’ presented, and examine the local histories within the exhibition that draw upon archives and collections at the University of Reading.


Dr Amara Thornton is Research Officer at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, and an Honorary Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. She curated the “Egypt in Reading: Stories from the Liverpool Collection” exhibition.

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