The only museum of ancient Egypt in Wales is celebrating its 20th anniversary and invites visitors to step back in time to discover the myths and legends of a lost culture.
Interactive galleries, explorer packs and hands-on activities make The Egypt Centre a must visit this spring.
The Egypt Centre, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, is Wales’ only museum of ancient Egypt and is situated at Swansea University, Singleton campus. It’s home to over 5000 ancient artefacts and is open to the public free of charge, Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 4pm.
The majority of the collection is a loan from the Wellcome Trust, collected by the manufacturing pharmacist Sir Henry Wellcome. It arrived at Swansea University in 1971 as an opportunity for research for students of Egyptology and Classics. To increase public access the Egypt Centre was built and opened its doors to the public in September 1998.
The award winning Egypt Centre is well known for its interactive family friendly galleries, with hands on activities available everyday including; dressing up, performing your very own mummification on a dummy mummy and handling real ancient Egyptian artefacts. The family exploring packs are particularly popular and allow families to learn together exploring fun activities suitable for all ages.
The museum is run by volunteers of all ages and abilities with full training given. If you are interested in being part of the Egypt Centre family go along to the Egypt Centre
Volunteer Showcase on Thursday 22nd March 2pm til 4pm to meet some of the current volunteers and discover how rewarding it is to help run Wales’ only museum of ancient Egypt.
The award winning young volunteer programme is unlike any other in the UK. No other museum involves young people as much in the running and organisation of the galleries. Young volunteers work in the museum every Saturday as well as during school holidays. They are responsible for providing guided tours, demonstrating hands-on activities and answering visitor enquiries.
The Museum also holds children’s workshops during school holidays for children aged 6 to10 and helps them experience ancient Egypt with interactive museum activities and craft projects based on various exciting topics such as Awesome Animals, Frightful Pharaohs and Secret Science.
Visit the website, www.egypt.swan.ac.uk, for details regarding the upcoming Easter holiday and May half-term workshops as well as the special two-day workshops throughout the summer holidays.
The special event to celebrate the 20th anniversary is on Saturday 29th September, it’s going to be a fun-filled day and everyone is invited!