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BOLTON Museum has revealed how its new Egyptology gallery could look.
The museum is undergoing a multi-million pound transformation which is set to make the town an international tourist attraction, drawing in crowds from around the world to see one of the most significant Egyptology collections.
Museum bosses are investing £3.8 million so visitors can experience the wonder of Ancient Egypt.
The money will come from a Bolton Council capital grant of £3.8 million, income from the museum’s touring exhibition, plus a contribution from sponsor Eddie Davies.
As visitors enter the exhibition, they look set to be welcomed into the area called the Rotunda, which will set the scene and explain why Bolton Museum has such an extensive Egyptology collection. A section named Land and People has also been proposed which will be devoted to artefacts showing the everyday life of Egyptians.
The focus will be on subjects like the environment and beauty, and feature an interactive mummy as centerpiece.
The Eternal Egypt experience could then see visitors go through to the darkened Beliefs section — focusing on death and the afterlife — before leading to the museum’s facsimile tomb of Thutmose III.
The tomb is a full size reproduction of the Pharaoh’s burial chamber and will be the jewel in the crown of the exhibition.
Finally, the Reflections area could offer visitors the chance to reflect on why Boltonians are similar to Ancient Egyptians, looking at the similarities between the two groups many hundreds of years apart.
The images will be shared on the museum’s Facebook page, and among community groups and school groups, to gauge the public’s views and feedback on the designs.
More detailed concepts will then be drawn up early next year and final designs submitted in the spring, with the museum re-opening to the public in 2018.
Bolton Council’s cabinet member for culture, youth and sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “As initial concepts for the new Eternal Egypt gallery, these designs are really exciting and give a flavor of what our museum could look like.
“These designs are subject to change as we are just at the start of this creative journey, but I can’t wait to see the finished gallery and welcome visitors to our fantastic museum. We would love to hear what people think and would encourage them to get involved on social media.”
The new Eternal Egypt Gallery will replace the museum’s current Egyptology exhibition, and for the museum will be able to exhibit items which because of the conditions and lighting could not be displayed, such as rare textiles.