A useful way to get to know the collection is by facilitating access to objects for visiting researchers. Before the visit last week of Loretta Kilroe, an Oxford University student and native of Manchester working on Middle Kingdom pottery from Flinders Petrie’s excavations at Lahun, I hadn’t known about the distinctive potters’ marks on many of these vessels. Researchers like Loretta are able to throw new light on objects often packed away in storage, as here. We hope, however, that much more of this material – and results from the research of Loretta and others – will feature in the new Ancient Worlds galleries.
Photography is now complete for the Egyptian objects set to feature in the Museum’s souvenir guidebook, currently in preparation. The photography by Paul Cliff will highlight both some hidden gems, and bring out new aspects of well-known favourites. Here Paul is getting the lighting just right to capture the colourfully painted eye-panel of the box coffin of Nakht-ankh.
Finally, it is now possible to follow everything Egypt and Sudan at Manchester on Facebook. This new page allows a platform for swift, easy updates and will provide more images than are possible here. Click ‘like’ to find out more.