Spotlight on a Collection - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

As part of a new feature on Collecting Egypt, we will be introducing a different Egyptian collection each week and giving a brief synopsis on the artefacts and display.

If you have visited the Museum yourself, it would be great to hear about what you thought in the comments section below!

To start the ball rolling, here is Warrington Museum and Art Gallery and their collection of 400 Egyptian objects.

The World Stories Gallery at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Image courtesy of Warrington Museum
Warrington Museum is one of the oldest municipal museums in Britain.  It was opened in 1857 and still retains much of its original charm and character.

Artefacts at the Museum at Warrington represent a wide selection of themes.  Within the eight galleries, there are objects relating to local, social and industrial history; geology; numismatics; ethnology; Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval archaeology; decorative arts and a photographic archive.  Most of the collection housed here relates to local history, but amongst the eclectic mix are around 400 ancient Egyptian artefacts which come under the banner of the Archaeology section.

The Egyptian collection can be seen in the refurbished World Stories gallery, originally established in 1936.  Other cultures in the gallery include those of Africa, South America, North America, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Two popular objects of the Egyptian collection are a beautifully decorated Egyptian sarcophagus made for the priest Paikhmennu from Amun and an Egyptian mummy.  Classes of objects in the collections include: amulets, canopic jars, vessels, jewellery, metal, faience and stone figures, animal remains, ostraca, papyri, pottery, relief sculpture, wooden figures, scarabs, tools & weapons, textiles, stela and cosmetic palettes.

Provenance for the objects include Beni Hasan (Garstang's excavation 1902-4); Deir el-Bahari (Naville) and Abydos (Petrie).

The Museum and Art Gallery can be found at Bold Street, Warrington, WA1 1JG, United Kingdom.



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