Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Our Exhibitions Abroad (2): Mysteries of Egypt to go on show after 40 years in storage

A STUNNING collection of Egyptian artefacts dating back 5,000 years is about to be revealed to the public in Southport after being hidden away in storage for 40 years.

Sefton’s Egyptian collection is so well preserved and original in content that it is thrilling Egyptology academics from The University of Liverpool, Egyptology societies and further afield.

The collection belonged to female adventurer Anne Goodison who collected it in the late 1800s. Anne's husband George was a civil engineer and local landowner, after whom Everton FC's ground was named. 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 her family home.

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.

Joanne Chamberlain, The Atkinson's documentation officer, who is one of the team preparing the collection for display said: “Anne Goodison was way ahead of her time. She was a student of hieroglyphics, which was revolutionary at the time, and visited Egypt twice. 

”She really had an eye for the most interesting objects, not just pretty pieces of jewellery, but artefacts that have thrilled and fascinated Egyptology academics because they are so fantastically well preserved. This really is an exciting exhibition.“

One of the more unusual items is a Butterfly Clamp which was used to stop stone columns toppling over when they were being assembled.
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