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Egyptian mummies

An Egyptian mummy with a child's face

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 is now closed until autumn 2016.

This is a mummy of a young boy of about two years old, wrapped in linen bandages. This mummy will be on display again in 2016 in new the Ancient Egypt section of our Ancient World gallery on the third floor of the museum. There will also be four other mummies on display and the unwrapped hands of a lady, wearing amazing rings in the shape of obelisks, made from lapis lazuli and gold.

All of our mummies are genuine human remains of people who died over 2000 years ago in Egypt. Their bodies have lasted for thousands of years because their families made great efforts to preserve them for eternity. They believed eternal life could be achieved through the preservation of the body through mummification.

Each person had a spirit which they called the 'ka' which lived on after death inside the mummy. The name of a person was also a living thing and needed to be remembered by the living.