Ancient Egypt comes to Lyme
Explore the fascinating world of ancient Egypt and mummified animals as Lyme hosts Manchester Museum’s travelling exhibition ‘Gifts for the Gods’ Animal Mummies Revealed.
'Gifts for the Gods' Animal Mummies Revealed
Saturday 10 March – Sunday 4 November, 11am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Delve deeper into the world of the ancient Egyptians
Gifts for the Gods, curated by Egyptology experts at Manchester Museum, will explain the background behind the religious practice of mummifying animals in ancient Egypt.
The display, located in the Long Gallery of the house, will combine mummified specimens such as jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds with cultural artefacts such as stone sculpture and bronze statuettes, alongside 19th Century works of art and never-before-seen archives.
Lyme’s very own Egyptologist
Thomas Legh who owned Lyme in the Regency period, was an avid traveller and visited parts of Egypt never before explored by Europeans. Through this exciting exhibition, which will showcase items from Manchester Museum’s own collection, we hope to bring to life Thomas travels and the things he may have discovered and witnessed whilst taking part in and funding excavations.
His book Narrative of a Journey and the Country Beyond the Cataracts, first published in 1816, documents his travels in Egypt and the surrounding lands.
Britain’s love for ancient Egypt
The exhibition will explore the British fascination with ancient Egypt and the mysteries of the animal mummies. Alongside the pyramids of Giza, one of the main tourist attractions in Egypt during the 18th and 19th centuries was the ‘Tombs of the Birds’, a catacomb at the site of Saqqara, subsequently lost and only re-identified in the 1960s by a British team.