The Leach Studio team is excited to announce that the first glimpse of the new Egyptology gallery at Bolton Museum has now been revealed!
Our creative team has already designed four ‘first-look’ concepts for the new Eternal Egypt gallery – Rotunda, Land & People, Beliefs and Reflections. However, the designs are continually evolving and the museum is inviting interested parties to give feedback on how they would like the exhibition space to look.
On entering the exhibition, visitors look set to be welcomed by an area called the Rotunda which will set the scene and give an explanation of why Bolton Museum has such an extensive Egyptology collection.
A section named Land & People has also been proposed which will be devoted to artefacts showing the everyday life of Egyptians. The focus will be on subjects like the environment and beauty, and feature an interactive mummy as centrepiece.
The Eternal Egypt experience could then take visitors through to the darkened Beliefs section – focussing on death and the afterlife – before leading to the museum’s facsimile tomb of Thutmose III.
The tomb is a full size reproduction of the Pharaoh’s burial chamber which will be the jewel in the crown of the exhibition.
Finally, the Reflections area could live up to its name and offer visitors the chance to reflect on why Boltonians are similar to Ancient Egyptians, looking at the similarities between the two groups hundreds of years apart.
We are already looking forward to working with the Bolton community as our creative designs begin to evolve. More detailed concepts will be drawn up early this year and final designs submitted in the spring, with the museum re-opening to the public in 2018.
You can keep up to date with what’s happening at the museum on twitter @BoltonLMS and on Facebook . We will also be sharing the evolving concepts via our journal and @LeachStudio