MAES Mon 13th Dec: Highlights of the Munich and Rochdale Collections

Monday 13th December – Zoom

Not one but two lectures – a tour of two significant Egyptian collections with Rob Coles and Glynis Greaves who are committee members of MAES. Doors open 7:30pm – lectures begin at 8pm (GMT).

All welcome. Free to MAES members. Guests £5 – booking here:

Rob Coles: Munich’s Egyptian Treasures

The ‘Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst’ or ‘State Museum of Egyptian Art’, our main destination. The only museum outside Egypt dedicated exclusively to Egyptian art, a stunning collection of artefacts covering over 5,000 years of Egyptian history is displayed in a modern underground exhibition space, echoes of an Egyptian tomb. This talk aims to give an overview of this amazing collection.

Glynis Greaves: Rochdale’s Egyptian Collection – little known treasures

The museum known as “Touchstones” in Rochdale began life in 1885 as a municipal library, which was later extended to become the town’s Museum and Art Gallery.  The museum owns an eclectic mix of artefacts, among them more than 2,000 objects from Ancient Egypt.  The story of how these were acquired is fascinating and similar to that of many other Egyptian collections in the North West, such as Manchester, Bolton and Macclesfield. The collection at Rochdale, largely based on the excavations of Petrie from 1894 to 1927, is well provenanced, and although lacking large, monumental artefacts, is archaeologically significant and often of high quality.  This talk will look at some of the characters involved in building this little known collection and aim to show some of its most interesting artefacts.