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Lecture: Bolton's Egypt: The Making of a Museum


Saturday January 11th 2020 2.00 pm
By Ian Tumble
Venue: Oakwood Centre


Ian Tumble

In 1884 Bolton opened its first museum, 'The Chadwick' named after its principle benefactor. Although founded as a Natural History museum, it wasn't long before it housed collections of Art, Social History, World Cultures and not least of all Egyptology. The collections grew, thanks to the enthusiasm of a local mill owner's daughter, Annie Barlow, who worked with the Egypt Exploration Society to bring Egypt to Bolton. From mummies to jewellery, and statues to temple columns the collections span several thousand years of history. Over 130 years later, Bolton now has one of the largest and best collections of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK, that are newly displayed in Bolton's Egypt.


Ian is an archaeologist with a background in British Prehistory. He studied for degrees at the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield. He has worked at Bolton Museum for over a decade, and is responsible for the museums archaeology, Egyptology and world cultures collections. Over the past 3 years Ian curated the new Ancient Egypt galleries, which opened in Autumn 2018.

He is also chair of Council for British Archaeology North West, chair of Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society, Secretary of the CBA NW industrial archaeology panel, Local Ambassador for the Egypt Exploration Society and Branch Leader of Greater Manchester Young Archaeologists Club.

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