Building Secret Egypt

With only two weeks to go the installation of the Secret Egypt exhibition is gathering pace.

It is amazing to see all those things that we have been discussing and drawing up on paper becoming a physical reality. It’s also an anxious time – is everything going to fit?  Do we have all the right equipment to do the job? Have we enough people to do all the things that need doing? On this last score there seems no need to worry as the staff of the Herbert have come together magnificently: Curators, conservators, members of the learning and outreach teams, site management assistants and volunteers have been working together to paint, build and move cases and props.

Conservator Martin Grahn checking a mount for one of the loans from Birmingham Museum

Secret Egypt has also been one of the most ambitious exhibition designs consisting of striking coloured banners to denote each section , nearly 30 major large graphic panels  with colourful images,  a vast landscape backdrop showing the Nile valley,  and many labels for the interactive and objects. Yet to come is the work of the creative lighting designer which will produce the theatrical setting to display the two hundred plus objects.  Put together we hope this will create a magical world which will both entertain and educate.

As all the work on Secret Egypt is going on we hear that school bookings for the facilitated sessions are doing extremely well with the first two months of the exhibition almost completely booked. So if you are a teacher from the school who hasn’t booked yet you might want to contact us soon!

Little did we know when we first had the idea of putting on an exhibition about ancient Egypt how events would turn so dramatically in Egypt itself.  Our thoughts go out to the people of Egypt with the sincere hope that a peaceful and long-term solution can be found for the current troubles. A sad casualty of the unrest has been some of the remarkable treasures in the Cairo Museum including statues of Tutankhamen. Ancient Egypt is an important part of the heritage and identity of the modern country and it is hoped that everything can be done to safeguard its priceless artefacts for future generations both in Egypt and the rest of the world.

You can view more pictures of the installation on our Flickr page.


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Posted on 02/02/2011, in Secret Egypt and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Just had my first look in after being on annual leave – it really looks amazing – some of the objects are awe inspiring!

    The public are going to love it!

  2. Mike Blakeman

    Our primay school, Joseph Cash, visited the exhibition yesterday and were absolutely blown away by our experience. To see a real mummy that was 3,060 years old was very humbling. The children loved the interactive activities and the opportunity to handle and discuss ancient artefacts. A fantastic experience and one that we all want to return to with our families and friends!

    • Thank you for your comment.

      We’re happy to hear that you and your school enjoyed your visit!
      We look forward to welcoming you (and your friends and families!) again soon.

  3. Mike Blakeman

    I loved the Egyptian exhibit, it was great and we saw a real life mummy. She was 3060 years old. I Iike the mummy and it was amazing to see her because she was so old..

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