The Collection Museum, Lincoln

Visited on 9th May 2018

The Collection museum

Embracing the region’s Usher Art Gallery, and the new £12.5 million state-of-the-art museum, the buildings sit side by side in the Cultural Quarter of Lincoln, enjoying spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral.

Address: Danes Terrace, Lincoln LN2 1LP

Telephone: 01522 782040

Opening Hours: Daily 10am til 4pm

Admission is free


The Collection includes a wealth of artefacts from the Iron Age, Roman, Saxon, Viking and Medieval eras, as well as fine, decorative and contemporary visual arts and a vibrant temporary exhibition programme.

Highlights include a Roman mosaic, one of the earliest Bronze Age gold bracelets found in Europe and a wealth of Iron Age finds.

The art collection includes work from JMW Turner, Stubbs, LS Lowry, Grayson Perry, John Piper and Ivon Hitchens. The Gallery also boasts the largest public collection of works by Peter DeWint.

There are a few Egyptian artefacts scattered about and one cabinet found near the bronze age collection.

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Norwich Castle Museum

Visited on 8th of May 2018

Norwich Castle was built by the Normans, initially as a royal palace. In the thirteenth century it was used as a gaol. It continued as such until the latter part of the nineteenth century when it was bought by the city of Norwich and converted into Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

Address: 24 Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3JU
Telephone: 01603 493625
Opening Hours
Mon – Sat 10:00 – 16:30
Sunday: 13:00 – 16:30
Price: Adult £9.50 Children £8.10 & Concessions £9


Photography is permitted without flash

There is a museum shop and café as well as a toilets downstairs.

Its collections are diverse and include archaeology, fine art and natural history.

The Egyptian Collection

It has an Egyptian collection, largely acquired in the early twentieth century through donors who included Flaxman Spurrell, Rider Haggard and George V.

The collection also grew significantly due to the donation made in 1921 by Ethel and Helen Colman. Their father, Jeremiah (of Colman’s Mustard), had bought over 250 artefacts while in Egypt visiting his ailing son.

A few items were also donated by the Egyptian Society of East Anglia, a society active in Norwich in the first half of the twentieth century and with links to the Egypt Exploration Fund, as it was then called.

The Mummy and Coffins of Ankhhor

Ankhhor was a priest at the Temple of Karnak in |Thebes around 3000 years ago. His two coffins fit inside each other, the outer one is made of wood while the inner is made from Cartonnage.

The Heiroglytphs read that he was a good man and deser ved to continue into the afterlife and say “I have not raised my voice, I have not caused trouble, I have not stolen joints of meat or talked too much!”

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Museum Der Volkerkunde, Hamburg

Visited on 18th March 2018

The Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg, was founded in 1879, and is now one of the largest museums of ethnology in Europe. They have approximately 350,000 objects in the collection and the museum is visited every year by about 180,000 visitors.

Address : Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20148 Hamburg, Germany

Opening Hours : Tueday –Sunday 10am – 6pm (Closed Mondays)

Telehone : +49 40 4288790

It is located in the district Rotherbaum in the district Eimsbüttel

Public transit access : Hamburg Dammtor Railway Station


Egypt Collection

The archaeological excavations of the Deutsche Orient Gesellschaft (German Orient society) provided the foundation for the extensive Ancient Egyptian collection. In the spring of 1903, the museum acquired numerous artefacts excavated from the area around the pyramids, in Abusir, about 20 kilometres from Cairo. Among the objects discovered there were wall reliefs from burial sites, coffins and burial objects. In the same year Dr Martin Rücker Jenisch donated the mummy of the priest of Amun, Chonsu-maa-cheru in a finely painted coffin, to the museum.

The exhibits include weaponry, tools, furniture, jewellery and cosmetic utensils as well as coffins, mummies and burial objects.

Further significant inventory includes the valuable collection of Ancient Egyptian charms of Carl W. Lüders (1896)

A collection of flint tools from Seton-Karr (1902)

Artefacts belonging to Willie Gehlsen including extensive Roman-Coptic draperies (1920)

The collection of Coffins and Mummies:

The Outer Coffin of Pabastet 22nd Dynasty: the trough and coffin lid are made from two planks and the cartonnage is adorned with pictures and texts from the deceased from his embalming to his path to the afterlife.

The Coffin of a young girl Ta-Aparet-set who died at around 3-4 years of age and was perfectly mummified, the coffin is painted black and the face gilded in yellow. The texts invoke various deities to protect the dead girl who was wrapped in a painted linen sheet, bonded with linen strips and fastened to the body with narrow thongs.

A Mummiform coffin of an unnamed person. The face is painted with the eyes wide open framed by a large wig with a large collar of flowers held in place with two falcon head clasps at the shoulder. An inscription runs vertically down the coffin overlaid by a black jackal – Anubis – the god of embalming. Another inscription runs around the pedestal with standard texts of offerings but no name which suggests the coffin was already painted before it was purchased for use.


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Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Visited on 21st February 2018

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Derby Museum and Art Gallery was established in 1879, along with Derby Central Library, in a new building designed by Richard Knill Freeman.

The collection includes a gallery displaying many paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby; there is also a large display of Royal Crown Derby and other porcelain from Derby and the surrounding area.

Further displays include archaeology including a mummy room, natural history, geology and military collections. The Art Gallery was opened in 1882

Address: The Strand, Derby. DE1 1BS

Opening Hours: Mondays: Closed

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Telephone: 01332 641901

Free Entry


The Egyptian Room

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In Derby Museum and Art Gallery there is a small collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts.

The Mummies

There are no records to explain where the mummies came from but it has been suggested that they may have come from the local collector Francis Sacheverel Darwin

The larger mummy is called “Pypy-Iw” and has been dated to c.650 BC mainly based on the style of the coffin which resembled those of the Theban “Priests of Montu”.

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The name can be seen on the coffin but looks to me to be in a different hieroglyphic hand to the rest of the inscriptions; maybe this is a reassigned coffin or one that was produced in volume and then personalised at death.

The smaller mummy has the remains of a gold gilt mask and is dated around the 3rd century BC (Ptolemaic period).

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The other mummy and wooden coffin is shown with a false beard and red face, depicting the mummy was that of a man. The False beard was usually only used by kings in real life. The coffin has the Goddess Nut opening her wings which was meant to symbolise the protection of the deceased.

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There is a collection of about eight large shabti figures, several smaller shabtis and amulets, a couple of bead necklaces, a winged scarab, a bronze figure of Osiris, a fragment of stone relief, and a mummified cat.

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Ipswich Museum

Visited on January 13th 2018

Ipswich Museum is a registered museum of culture, history and natural heritage located on High Street (off Crown Street) in Ipswich.

It was historically the leading regional museum in Suffolk, housing collections drawn from both the former counties of East Suffolk and West Suffolk, which were amalgamated in 1974.

Address: Ipswich Museum, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH

Telephone: 01473 433551

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm Sundays 11am to 5pm

Admission is Free and Photography is allowed (without Flash)


The Egyptian Collection

The museum holds approximately 800 ancient Egyptian objects which are part of the Archaeology collection.

Classes of objects represented in the collection include: amulets; canopic jars; coffins; faience figures; flints; furniture; glass vessels; jewellery; metal figures; animal remains (mummies); pottery; ‘Ptah-Sokar-Osiris’ figures; relief sculpture; scarabs; cosmetic palettes; shabtis; shabiti boxes; soul houses; stelae, stone figures; stone vessels; textiles; toilet articles; tomb models; wooden figures.

Titos Flavios Demetrios Mask

Titos lived and died in Egypt about 2000 years ago in a time when the Roman Empire ruled the Nile Valley. He was a wealthy man born about 400 years after his Greek ancestors settled in Egypt after Alexander the Great conquered it in 305 BC. His three names tell us he was also a Roman citizen. We do not know why he was given citizenship as it is unlikely he ever visited Rome but it certainly made him one of the most important men living in his town of Hawara in the middle of Egypt.

He may have been a Roman citizen and of Greek descent but Titus Flavius Demetrius died an Egyptian and believed he would live in the afterlife with Osiris and the other gods. His body was mummified and an incredible mask made of layers of linen and plaster and covered with gold was placed over his face.

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The Louvre, Paris

Paris 011

Address: 75001 Paris, France

Opening Times: Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Friday: from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Closed on Tuesdays

Rooms begin closing 30 minutes before museum closing time.

Telephone: +33 1 40 20 50 50

Métro Station: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (Line 1) (Line 7 is currently closed)Paris 1168


Prices: Tickets for the Permanent Collections: €12

Full-day access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon

also valid for the Musée Eugène Delacroix.

Tickets for Exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon: €13

Combined Ticket: €16

Access to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in both the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix.

The museum is always busy and unless you buy your tickets in advance you will have to queue, visit the website at:

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Egyptian Antiquities Collection


The department, comprising over 50,000 pieces, includes artifacts from the Nile civilizations which date from 4,000 BC to the 4th century. The collection, among the world’s largest, overviews Egyptian life spanning Ancient Egypt, the Middle Kingdom, the New Kingdom, Coptic art, and the Roman, Ptolemaic, and Byzantine periods.

The department’s origins lie in the royal collection, but it was augmented by Napoleon’s 1798 expeditionary trip with Dominique Vivant, the future director of the Louvre. After Jean-François Champollion translated the Rosetta Stone, Charles X decreed that an Egyptian Antiquities department be created.

Champollion advised the purchase of three collections, formed by Edmé-Antoine Durand, Henry Salt and Bernardino Drovet; these additions added 7,000 works. Growth continued via acquisitions by Auguste Mariette, founder of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Mariette, after excavations at Memphis, sent back crates of archaeological finds including The Seated Scribe.

Guarded by the Large Sphinx (c. 2000 BC), the collection is housed in more than 30 rooms. Holdings include art, papyrus scrolls, mummies, tools, clothing, jewellery, games, musical instruments, and weapons.

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Pieces from the ancient period include the Gebel el-Arak Knife from 3400 BC, The Seated Scribe, and the Head of King Djedefre. Middle Kingdom art, “known for its gold work and statues”, moved from realism to idealization; this is exemplified by the schist statue of Amenemhatankh and the wooden Offering Bearer.

New Kingdom and Coptic Egyptian sections are deep, but the statue of the goddess Nephthys and the limestone depiction of the goddess Hathor demonstrate New Kingdom sentiment and wealth.

Rooms: 1: Crypt of the sphinx .2: Vestibule.3: The Nile River. 4: Field labour. The mastaba. 5: Animal husbandry, hunting and fishing. 6: Writing and scribes. 7: Materials and techniques. 8: The home and furniture. 9: Jewels, clothing, and body care. 10: Leisure: Music and games. 11: The forecourt of the temple. 12: The temple. 13: Crypt of Osiris. The royal tomb. 14: Sarcophagi. 15: The mummy. Embalming and burial. 16: Tombs. 17: The Book of dead. L’équipement funéraire. 18: Gods and magic. 19: Animals and the gods. 20: Naqada period. The end of prehistory 21: Thinite period. The first two dynasties. 22: The Old Kingdom. Seated Scribe. 23: The Middle Kingdom. 24: The New Kingdom. 25: The New Kingdom: the period of Akhenaton and Nefertiti. 26: The New Kingdom: Tutankhamun and his successors. 27: The New Kingdom: The period of Ramses. 28: The New Kingdom: The period of Ramses. Princes and courtisans. 29: The Third Intermediate Period. The Saite period. The beginnings of Persian domination. 30: From the last Egyptian Pharaohs to Cleopatra. The Nectenebos, Alexander the Great, and the Ptolemy dynasty. A: Roman Egypt. B: Coptic Egypt. C: The room Baouit.



Mudec Museum, Milan

Visited on 29th November 2017

Restored factory now a sleek museum of art & culture, with rotating exhibitions & a restaurant.

Address: Via Tortona, 56, 20144 Milano MI, Italy

Opening Hours:

Monday: 2:30pm–7:30pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday: 9:30am–7:30pm

Thursday & Saturday: 9:30am–10:30pm

Telephone: +39 02 54917


Ticket Price: 13 Euro (Adult)

The extraordinary discovery of Pharaoh Amenhotep II

The Golden Age of Ancient Egypt is relived at MUDEC through the extraordinary discovery of the tomb of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II, reconstructed on a scale of 1:1 in the rooms of the exhibition.

The exhibition tells visitors all about the life and figure of Pharaoh Amenhotep II, who lived between 1427 and 1401 BC during the so-called 18th dynasty (1550 – 1295 BC), son of the great Thutmose III and sovereign of a lavish court, the heroic central figure in an extremely rich historical period, to such an extent that historians have baptised it the “Golden Age”.

Who was Amenhotep II ?

The exhibition will display artefacts from the most important Egyptian collections in the world: from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Stichting Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the National Archaeological Museum in Florence.

These museums and other private collections have loaned for the occasion statues, slabs and weapons, items of daily life at court, burial assemblages and mummies.

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