Out of Egypt Exhibition

Press Release: 09/10/2008

Mummy mask

A stunning collection of genuine Ancient Egyptian artefacts is on show at City Space at Winchester Discovery Centre until 16 November 2008. Objects from Winchester City Council’s own museum collections and from those of Winchester College have been brought together in what is likely to prove a major draw for all ages.

Curators offer you the chance to come face-to-face with 3000 years of Ancient Egyptian history in the exhibition Out of Egypt, featuring many objects which were originally brought back to Hampshire by local people after travels abroad.

Discover how Ancient Egyptians treated their dead and see many of the objects placed in the tomb for the afterlife. Find scarabs and mummified animals, mummy masks and wrappings, shabti figures (designed to carry out heavy manual tasks on behalf of a person in the afterlife) and jewellery.

The exhibition, which is expected to have a particular appeal to the schools market, will feature lots of activities, games and puzzles for children. Write your name in hieroglyphics, count like an Egyptian, or hunt for creepy crawlies. You can even use your nose to discover the smells of Ancient Egypt – are you brave enough to sniff a mummy?

Also featured will be a ‘Wallace and Gromit’-style animated film made during a two-day summer workshop for local children, and a very contrasting old film shot in Egypt and now held by the Hampshire Record Office.

Robin Iles, Education Officer at Winchester City Council’s museums service, said:

“Putting together this exhibition has been a great opportunity to learn more about some of the objects going on display. Particularly interesting are the x-rays of our animal mummies which have revealed the skeletons of the creatures beneath the wrappings for the first time in over 2000 years. The x-rays can be seen alongside the mummies in the exhibition.”

Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Heritage, Culture and Sport at Winchester City Council, said:

“Curators at Winchester Museums have taken some of the fascinating objects from the reserve collections to produce an exhibition which will be both educational and intriguing.  Everyone is fascinated by Ancient Egypt, but few people would expect Winchester to be the home of an Egyptian collection.”

The exhibition runs at City Space from Saturday 11 October to Sunday 16 Nov 2008. City Space is open from 10am-6pm weekdays so there is plenty of time for an after school or after work visit. Saturday opening times are 10am-5pm, and Sundays 11am-4pm.