There have been a number of successful events held at the Manchester Museum recently, including the Summer School, organised by Joyce Tyldesley, which received very positive feedback from the participants. For the week beginning July 21st, a group of Year 8 school children will come to the Museum and work on Egypt themed projects as part of Tomb Team 2008.
Otherwise, with the University quiet now for the summer vacation, the focus is on collections management – cataloging objects, packing the predynastic pottery, and seeing researchers. Alongside this, the Egypt and Archaeology gallery redevelopment project, scheduled to be completed by October 2012, continues to be planned. 2012 is the centenary of the year that the original 1912 building, where the Egypt collections are currently displayed, was opened – this building was funded by the Manchester cotton merchant, Jesse Haworth. We are continuing with the consultation process, preparing a fundraising appeal, and developing content ideas.