Visited on the 25th November 2014
Address: Lord St, Southport PR8 1DB
Telephone: 01704 533333
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm Sunday 11am – 3pm
A stunning collection of Egyptian artefacts dating back 5,000 years has been revealed to the public after being hidden away in storage for 40 years.
Sefton’s Egyptian collection is so well preserved and original in content the collection belonged to female adventurer Anne Goodison who collected it in the late 1800s. It comprises 1,000 pieces, collected on trips to Egypt before the tomb of Tutankhamen was even discovered. It was housed in her own museum room at the family home, Beach Lawn, on the Waterloo beachfront near Crosby.
After her demise in 1906 aged 61, her husband had no interest in the collection and sold it to a local man, Mr T. Davies, who donated it to Bootle Museum and Gallery. When the building closed in the 1970s it was transferred to The Atkinson where it has been kept in storage until now.
Full Collection details; http://www.cornucopia.org.uk/html/search/verb/GetRecord/7350
Split into four areas on one floor the collection starts with:
Ritual: Religion and Magic were the key part of life.
Wooden Coffin Lid from Thebes (25th or 26th Dynasty) 3rd Intermediate Period
The Mummy of Nes-Amun (Thebes) 21st Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period and above the mummy a Bead Network with Scarab Amulet, 22nd Dynasty
Canopic Jar Lids 18th and 20th Dynasty New Kingdom
Funerary Cone from Tomb of Mery, Thebes, 18th Dynasty and a pair of painted cartonnage sandals from coffin, Ptolemaic Perion 300BC
Wooden statue of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, Late Period 700BC
Cat and Bird Mummies
Coffin Side 3rd Intermediate Period, unnamed woman called Lady of the House, Singer of Amun.
Wooden Panel, 21st Dynasty
Limestone Statue of Seated Couple, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty
Faience and Statues of Gods, Beadwork and Amulets
Communication: Egyptian Writing, seals, ostraca and Stela
Beauty: Egyptian Jewellry and Makeup material, including glass bottles
Everyday Life: Everyday items including Sandals, Toys, Baskets and Wooden Headrest