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Saturday 14th October 2017, 10AM-6PM

Re-displaying Ancient Egypt in UK Museum Collections

Since the 19th century through the discovery of Tutankhamun, Ancient Egypt has continually captured the imagination. Since then, curators and museums are continually evolving alongside contemporary research, introducing new technology, and adapting to visitor needs. In the UK, we are lucky to have significant collections right on our doorstep. We have access to a wealth of archival material and a bounty of academic knowledge to keep up with an ever-growing interest.

This conference aims to highlight this continued interest by showcasing the contributions of three major UK museums to re-displaying Ancient Egypt in the 21st Century. We will hear from curators who have played a significant role in reshaping our interest in Ancient Egypt and re-framing the past for the future.

Conference schedule:

10:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. – Conference Registration & Tea and Coffee

10:30 A.M. – 10:35 A.M. – Welcome introduction by WMES Chair/Secretary

10:35 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. – Ellen McAdam, Director of Birmingham Museums Trust: “A museum for Birmingham: the reinvention of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery”

11:05 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. – Ashley Cooke, Senior Curator of Antiquities, National Museums Liverpool: From the Nile to the Mersey: displaying ancient Egypt and Nubia in World Museum, Liverpool

12:05 P.M. – 1:05 P.M. – Lunch (not provided)

1:05 P.M. – 2:05 P.M. – Ian Trumble, Collections Access Officer – Archaeology, Egyptology and Ethnography- Bolton Museum: “Bolton’s Egypt: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

2:05 P.M. – 2:15 P.M. – Coffee & Tea Break

2:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M. – Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan – Manchester Museum:”The Animal Mummy Roadshow: Touring and Interpreting Ancient Egypt

3:15 P.M. – 3:20 P.M. – Close by WMES Chair/Secretary

3:20 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. – Visit Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery including it’s Ancient Egyptian Gallery & Shop

4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. – Post-reception drinks in the Egyptian room at Bacchus Bar, Birmingham New Street.

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Speaker Biographies and abstracts

Ellen McAdam

Ellen McAdam joined Birmingham Museums Trust as Director in October 2013.  After reading archaeology at Edinburgh and Oxford she undertook fieldwork and research in museums in the Near East, UK, USA and Europe. She has held the Katherine and Leonard Woolley Research Fellowship and was Research Fellow of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq. She worked for a number of UK heritage organisations including Oxford Archaeology and the Museum of London before joining Glasgow Museums. As Head of Glasgow Museums she contributed to a number of major capital projects and is currently leading on the redevelopment of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

She has lectured and published on Near Eastern and British archaeology and is a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL.  She sits on the ACE Designation Panel and is a Council Member of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.

Ashley Cooke

Ashley Cooke is Senior Curator of Antiquities at National Museums Liverpool. He was lead curator for the permanent galleryAncient Egypt: a journey through time that recently opened at World Museum; and a co-curator of the touring exhibition Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed. He started excavating in Egypt in 1997 and has worked at Rifeh, Saqqara, Tell Abqa’in, the Valley of the Kings and Zawiyet Umm el-Rackham. His research interests include tomb architecture in the Old Kingdom and the history of collecting.

“From the Nile to the Mersey: displaying ancient Egypt and Nubia in World Museum, Liverpool”

Abstract: World Museum’s bigger, better ancient Egypt gallery, Ancient Egypt: a journey through time, opened on 28 April 2017. Visitors can now enjoy the largest-ever display area for the museum’s ancient Egyptian and Nubian collections. The £1.8m project has been a huge success, creating the U.K.’s second-largest ancient Egypt gallery after the British Museum. This presentation will discuss thethinking behind the exhibition design and provide an overview of the collections.

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

Dr Campbell Price is Curator of Egypt and Sudan at The Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections. He undertook his BA, MA, and PhD in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. Campbell has undertaken fieldwork at the sites of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham and Saqqara in Egypt, and worked digitising collections records in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

“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

*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 unless the event is cancelled by the organiser. The programme is subject to change any time, up to, and including, immediately before the beginning of the conference. 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.

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