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Published : 01/06/2012 00:00

Time running out to see wonders of ancient Egypt in Leeds

Time running out to see wonders of ancient Egypt in Leeds
 
Time is running out for visitors to see the stunning exhibition devoted to ancient Egypt at Leeds City Museum as there are less than three weeks left before it comes to an end.

The touring exhibition entitled ‘Pharaoh: King of Egypt’ which showcases over 130 objects from the British Museum collection has attracted approximately 100,000 people into the Leeds City Council-managed museum since it opened in February.

As a measure of its success, it enjoyed the highest first-week visitor numbers of any exhibition held at the museum in its history. The free exhibition is the first of its kind to be on display in the central Leeds Arena and has seen overall numbers rise by 71 per cent compared with the same period last year.

It was developed by the British Museum in partnership with the Great North Museum and is now well into its final month, ending its visit to Leeds on Sunday 17 June.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“The ancient Egypt exhibition has been an amazing success at Leeds City Museum, attracting thousands of people of all ages which has been fantastic to see. For anyone who has not seen it yet make sure you make the most of the chance to do so as these objects will almost certainly never be on display in Leeds again.

“We’d like to say a really big thank you to everyone involved in bringing the exhibition to Leeds and especially our colleagues at the British Museum.”

The exhibition explores the lives of the pharaohs and their role as head of state, chief priest and army commanders through objects and artefacts spanning over 3,000 years of history including stunning palace decorations, sculpture, jewellery and papyri.

Among the objects on display are a wonderfully-preserved standing wooden tomb guardian, a 3,000-year-old wooden bed and a small ebony label which is the oldest item, dating back five thousand years.

The exhibition is free to enter and features audio-visual displays, interactives and family trails. It also complements the famous ‘Leeds Mummy’ Nesyamun, who is on permanent display in the ‘Ancient Worlds’ section of the museum.

Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor said:

“'We are so pleased at the extraordinary popularity of this exhibition in Leeds - a real credit to the museum. It sounds as though you may have to face queues to see this wonderful exhibition before it closes!'

Pharaoh: King of Egypt runs at Leeds City Museum until Sunday 17 June 2012. For the latest information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/kingofegypt or to find out more about Leeds City Museum, visit the website at www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum/

Notes to Editors:
• Pharaoh: King of Egypt is supported through the generosity of the Dorset Foundation.

• The tour is organised through the British Museum’s Partnership UK scheme. Partnership UK is the strategic framework for the British Museum’s programme of engagement with audiences throughout the country.

• The British Museum recently worked with Leeds Museums at Lotherton Hall with the exhibition ‘Warriors of the Plains’ in summer 2011.

• As well as Leeds City Museum, the exhibition is also visiting: Great North Museum: Hancock, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

• The Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum houses the largest collection of Egyptian objects outside Egypt, which illustrate every aspect of the cultures of the Nile Valley, from the Neolithic period (about 10,000 BC) until the twelfth century AD.

For further information on the British Museum please contact:

communications@britishmuseum.org or call 020 7323 8394.


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