Around 200 objects from Bolton’s Egyptology collection will be transported to Taiwan next month for a prestigious touring exhibition.
Quest for Immortality – The Hidden Treasure of Ancient Egypt will open at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei on June 12, where it will remain until the autumn before moving to Taichung.
Bolton Museum’s Egyptologist, Dr Carolyn Routledge, and conservator Pierrette Squires will accompany the objects on the 6,000 mile journey and install the exhibition in time for a grand opening on June 11.
The exhibition has been organised by United Exhibits Group (UEG) in cooperation with China Media Times and explores ancient Egyptian life from 6,000 BC to AD 800.
As well as featuring a full-scale reconstruction of the burial chamber of the tomb of Thutmose III, which has been created by UEG, the exhibition will illustrate life before the pharaohs, fashion, religious beliefs, monuments, the afterlife and the daily life of the people of ancient Egypt.
Some of the highlights of the exhibition, from Bolton Museum’s 12,000-strong Egyptology collection, include a well preserved elite male mummy, some jars which are more than 6,000 years old and a heavy fragment of a granite column engraved with images of Pharaoh Rameses II.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Adult Services, Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, said: “We are thrilled and very honoured that Egyptian objects from Bolton Museum are forming part of the Quest for Immortality exhibition in Taiwan.
“The museum is renowned for its extensive Egyptology collection but to be approached exclusively to showcase our objects on an international stage demonstrates the strength of that collection.
“The process of packing and transporting the objects to Taiwan is technically challenging and Bolton Museum’s Egyptologist, Dr Carolyn Routledge, will be accompanying the collection to Taipei and installing them in the exhibition with the help of Bolton conservator, Pierrette Squires.
“We hope the project will not only emphasise the excellence of Bolton Museum but also raise the profile of Bolton overseas.”
The exhibition will also provide Bolton Council with the opportunity to open up trade links as The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Noel Spencer will be attending along with the Director of Development and Regeneration, Keith Davies.
The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Noel Spencer, said: “I am looking forward to the opportunity this visit presents to us to promote Bolton to an international audience and build lasting trade links. We will be meeting with high profile figures such as the President of Taiwan and exploring any trade opportunities that Taiwan has to offer for our businesses.”
All costs of transportation and travel are being met by the organisers.