British Museum’s Egyptian treasures to visit Leeds Museum

Sandstone head of Pharaoh Mentuhotep II, 2055 - 2004 BC � The Trustees of the British Museum'
Sandstone head of Pharaoh Mentuhotep II, 2055 - 2004 BC � The Trustees of the British Museum'

THE wonders of ancient Egypt will be coming to Leeds next month as a major national exhibition goes on display at Leeds City Museum.

The exhibition entitled Pharaoh: King of Egypt featuring over 130 objects will be on show from Saturday, February 11 until June.

The treasures, including palace decorations, sculpture, jewellery and papyri come from the British Museum’s own collection as well as those of the Great North Museum and Leeds City Museum.

Spanning over 3,000 years of history, the objects will help visitors explore the lives of Pharaohs, priests and commanders.

The exhibition will also complement the famous ‘Leeds Mummy’ Nesyamun, who is on permanent display in the Ancient Worlds section of the museum.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Coun Adam Ogilvie said: “We are really excited to announce this major national exhibition will be coming to Leeds City Museum early in the new year.

“Ancient Egypt and the mystique of the Pharaohs has a special fascination all of its own and we are confident people of all ages will take the chance to come and see these amazing objects on display for free in Leeds.”

Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor said: “This exhibition is a fantastic example of collaboration between the British Museum and its partners across the UK.

“The British Museum is committed to lending its collection widely across the UK allowing objects to be seen by as many people as possible.”

The exhibition will be free to enter and will feature audio-visual displays, interactives and family trails.

Further details of the exhibition including some of the standout objects will be announced early in January. For the latest information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/kingofegypt

To find out more about Leeds City Museum, visit the website at www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum