Curator’s Diary – Tuesday 30th September

The term has started at Manchester University and with it has come the rain and thousands of students. The new intake for the MSc in Biomedical and Forensic Egyptology, taught at the KNH-Centre, has arrived, and I will be giving them some introductory lectures on ancient Egypt. In addition, research enquiries have increased as students and academics return to their projects, with enquiries ranging from Egyptian wine jars, to kohl-pots and faience production – the collections are in high demand!

Over the last week or so I have been to talk to the Friends of the Egypt Centre at Swansea University (http://www.swan.ac.uk/egypt/) about the gallery redevelopment at the Manchester Museum and the debate about the display of Egyptian human remains, we have had another Content Team meeting to discuss the development of themes and ideas for the new galleries, and we have also begun to discuss digital aspects for the galleries – from using Facebook, to games and blogs, and

The Riqqeh Pectoral, dating to the 12th Dynasty, on display on the Afterlife Gallery

The Riqqeh Pectoral, dating to the 12th Dynasty, on display on the Afterlife Gallery

mobile phone technology.

Forthcoming Egypt events at the Museum include the Ancient Egyptian Science Day on Thursday 30th October, 1-3pm (http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/october/) – this is drop-in event and is free, come along!

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