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Re-display Ancient Egypt in UK Museum Collections

Conference schedule:

10.00am – 10.30am –  Conference Registration & Teas and Coffees*
10.30am – 10.35am – Welcome introduction by WMES Chair/Secretary
10.35am – 11.00am – Ellen McAdam, Director of Birmingham Museums Trust: “A museum for Birmingham: the reinvention of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery”
11.05am – 12.05pm – Ashley Cooke, Senior Curator of Antiquities, National Museums Liverpool
12.05pm – 13.05pm – Lunch (not included)
13.05pm –  14.05pm – Ian Trumble, Collections Access Officer – Archaeology, Egyptology and Ethnography- Bolton Museum ” Bolton’s Egypt: Yesterday, today and tomorrow”
14.05pm – 14.15pm – Break
14.15pm – 15.15pm – Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan – Manchester Museum “The Animal Mummy Roadshow: Touring and Interpreting Ancient Egypt
15.15pm – 15.20pm – Close by WMES Chair/Secretary 
15.20pm – 4.00pm – Visit Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery including it’s Ancient Egyptian Gallery & Shop
4.00pm – 6.00pm – Post reception drinks in the Egyptian room at Bacchus Bar, Birmingham New Street.

Speaker Biographies and abstracts

Ashley Cooke
Ian Trumble:
Ian Trumble is Collections Access Officer for Archaeology, Egyptology and World Cultures at Bolton Library and Museum Services, where he has worked for almost 10 years. He undertook his undergraduate degree in Archaeology and The University of Manchester in 2008 and a Masters in Landscape Archaeology in 2010, with a keen interest in British Pre-history, particularly in the north of England. He is also the Chair of Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society, a leader of Manchester Young Archaeological Club and on various other amateur and professional specialism panels.
” Bolton’s Egypt: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Bolton Museum has an archaeologically important Egyptology collection with over 14,000 objects. A supporter of the EEF, and later EES, Bolton Museum grew it’s collection based on the interests of it’s curatorial father and son team, the Midgleys. From its original home of the Chadwick Museum to it’s current home in the centre of Bolton, the gallery has changed several times  over 130 years. It is now currently undergoing a new stage in it’s development which will transform a large part of the museum into a purposely designed Egyptology gallery incorporating 30% more of it’s collection and a lifelike replica of the tomb of Thutmose III. This lecture will give the history and development of the collection and museum from 1884 to the present.
Campbell Price
“The Animal Mummy Roadshow: Touring and Interpreting Ancient Egypt”
In 2015, Manchester Museum launched an exhibition tour entitled ‘Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed’. This award-winning show focused on animal mummies and explored ancient Egyptian votive practice, patterns of collecting and modern scientific examinations. A key aim was in public outreach and understanding. This paper describes the development and delivery of the exhibition in the context of Manchester Museum’s wider reputation for the presentation of ancient Egypt.


Please arrive at the Gas Hall entrance for registration. The conference will be held in the Gas Hall AV room. Please ask a member of staff to guide you if you are lost. The address is: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH

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*Please arrive on time for registration. Anyone arriving past 10.30am when the doors are closed will not be allowed to enter until a break or at lunch time. This is to prevent disruption to the speakers.
Note: Lunch is not included in the ticket price. There are plenty of lunch options within the local facility of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. You may also wish to dine at Birmingham Museums Edwardian Tea Rooms, You may wish to buy lunch before the conference and eat inside the conference room.
This conference is organised by The West Midlands Egyptology Society.
There are no refunds of tickets for this conference. The programme is subject to change last minute. WMES is not liable for any lost property held in the conference room but at times the room may be locked. Please adhere to all normal museum rules whilst in the conference room.

Past conferences:

“Looking to the Future: Engagements in Archaeology, Egypt & The Near East” – 28th-30th October 2016, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH
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