Curator’s Diary, 7th January 2009

Djed-pillar amulet

Djed-pillar amulet

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has had a relaxing Christmas and New Year. This is my first day back in the office and I am catching up with emails and various other things before attending a meeting to discuss progress on the proposed Archaeology and Egypt gallery redevelopment.

Tomorrow and Friday I will be attending the Current Research in Egyptology conference (http://www.current-research-egyptology.org.uk/) at the University of Liverpool, where I have been invited to chair a session and give a short talk on the organisation and experience of the conference that took place at Durham University when I was doing my PhD.

Just before Christmas we installed a small display of amulets on the Afterlife gallery – the djed-pillar amulet on the right is one of the amulets on display.

Work continues at the Museum on the new Manchester Gallery, due to open in March 2009. The gallery will include objects from the Egypt collections illustrating the development of the collections in Manchester through the Manchester cotton merchant Jesse Haworth’s support of Flinder’s Petrie’s excavations in the late 19th Century. Jesse Haworth donated the Egyptian artefacts to the Museum in the early 20th Century.

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