SJ8496 : Egytpology Storeroom, Manchester Museum

taken 4 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Egytpology Storeroom, Manchester Museum
Egytpology Storeroom, Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum is home to one of the largest and most important collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK. The collection includes objects from prehistoric Egypt (ca10,000 BC) to the Byzantine era, up to around AD 600. There are about 16,000 objects in the Egyptology collection. Objects that are not on display are kept in storage, where they are accessible to researchers from around the world.
The Manchester Museum
Manchester Museum displays works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history. It is owned by the University of Manchester is sited on Oxford Road at the heart of the university's group of neo-Gothic buildings.

The Manchester Museum started life with the purchase of the collection of the Manchester manufacturer John Leigh Philips and the creation of the Manchester Natural History Society in 1821. They displayed the collection in their Peter Street premises and in 1850 they added the collection of the Manchester Geological Society. Owens College (now the University of Manchester) accepted responsibility for the collections in 1867.

The college commissioned Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of the Town Hall and London's magnificent Natural History Museum, to design a museum to house the collections for the benefit of students and the public on a site in Oxford Road (then Oxford Street). The Manchester Museum was opened to the public in 1888. The 1912 extension, The Jesse Haworth pavilion, is Grade II-listed (English Heritage Building ID: 454842 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

By the twentieth century, the collection was split into archaeology, botany, Egyptology, entomology, ethnography, mineralogy, palaeontology, numismatics and zoology, as well as live specimens in the aquarium and vivarium. Providing access to about 6 million items from every continent, it is now the UK's largest university museum and serves both as a major visitor attraction and as a resource for academic research and teaching. It has around 360,000 visitors each year (LinkExternal link The History of The Manchester Museum). The Gothic Revival street frontage which continues to the Whitworth Hall has been ingeniously integrated by three generations of the Waterhouse family.

In 1997 the Museum was awarded a £12.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and this, together with money from the European Regional Development Fund, the University of Manchester, the Wellcome Trust, The Wolfson Foundation and other sponsors enabled the Museum to refurbish and expand including the addition of a museum café in the former Dental School. The renewed museum opened in 2003 (LinkExternal link Manchester History Net).
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 February, 2015   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 26 February, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites  City, Town centre 
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Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
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Indoor 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 845 966 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:27.9762N 2:14.0878W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 845 966
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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