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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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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Opening Hours: Monday- Sunday10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Except 24 – 26 December, when they are closed.

Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free. A charge is made for the Aquarium.


Telephone: 020 86991872

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The Egyptian Collection:

Female mummy bandaged in linen wrappings

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Coffin case , Coffin lid with portrait of an Egyptian priestess

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(Hieroglyphs on the coffin case identify her as “Henut Sokar,” which means wife of Sokar and suggests that she was a priestess of Sokar. The inscriptions also state that she worked as a priestess of the K and that she was responsible for providing food offerings at an altar set up in the name of a deceased person.)

Coffin lid with portrait of an Egyptian lady

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Canopic Jars (Both the canopic jars in the “Kemet” display have a human head, with hieroglyphic descriptions. While these jars should have contained livers, the jar on top has an inscription that mentions Hapi, the ape-headed god who guarded the lungs.)

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Shabti figures and shabti box

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Scarab amulet, Heart scarab amulet,  The Eye of Horus

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Stone stela

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Wooden stela

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