For over a century Liverpool has been a centre for research into the archaeology of Egypt and the Mediterranean. Much of our collection is derived from the early 20th century fieldwork projects of Liverpool University and other research organisations. We hold collections of national and international importance that attract scholars from the UK and abroad. Besides visiting researchers working within our storerooms we answer over 100 research requests a year.
Our standard work is the interpretation, display and documentation of collections, which is fundamentally a research exercise performed by staff, volunteers, students and visiting academics. Our greatest strength is Egyptology and Classical archaeology and we have curators whose research interests relate directly to these collections. You can visit our staff profiles for their work. The redevelopment of our galleries is our priority and at the moment only a small selection of antiquities is on display at the museum. Improvements to the Ancient Egypt gallery were completed in 2008 and in 2015 we secured funding from the DCMS/Wolfson Foundation to extend this gallery to replace our dated and tired-looking exhibition spaces.
Ancient Egypt gallery improvements
World Museum has received a generous grant of £300,000 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation towards the expansion and improvement of its Ancient Egypt galleries.
These developments include plans to build a new ‘Mummy Room’ and to redisplay 4,000 incredible objects, some of which have never-before been publically shown.
The Ancient World gallery, which includes the ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek, Anglo-Saxon and Roman displays are now closed until autumn 2016.
Current research projects include publishing our Etruscan collections (Jean Turfa), free-standing Roman statuary (Liz Bartman), Tomb Robbery Papyri (Mark Collier and Chris Eyre), Egyptian coffins (Aidan Dodson) and Egyptian shabtis (Glenn Janes). Recent collaborations with Liverpool University have produced a catalogue of our Sargonic and Presargonic cuneiform tablets and an exhibition of our Hittite collections. The Head of Antiquities (Ashley Cooke) maintains our links with Egyptian excavations by working on fieldwork projects in Egypt with colleagues from Liverpool University.
Items from our collections can be found in the following websites:
Further reading for researchers
Please download our list of useful publications: