Over one hundred objects from the University’s Egyptian archaeology collection will soon be going on display in the Lokcshuppen exhibition centre in Rosenheim, near Muncih. The exhibition ‘Pharaoh: living in Ancient Egypt’ will explore Ancient Egyptian building, religion and society through artefacts, detailed models and digital stations to give an insight into daily life in Egypt. It is the product of collaboration between the Lokschuppen exhibition centre, University of Aberdeen Museums, the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum Hildesheim, and the logistics company MuseumsPartner.
This is the largest loan ever from the University Museums, and forms the main part of the exhibition, with contributions from other museums, notable the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim and the Gustav-Lübcke-Museum, Hamm and a series of large scale models.
Over the past year we have hosted curators, conservators and other museum professionals from Germany in the University Museums Collections Centre at Marischal College as the objects were selected, photographed and conserved from transportation.
The loan has allowed us to explore and discover more about our own collections through further conservation and investigation of objects, both in-house and in Germany. Alongside Caroline Dempsey, the University Museums conservator, and Hannah Clarke, conservation assistant, one of the conservators from Hildesheim, Claudia Schindler, spent some time working on limestone objects. This included and exceptionally fine stela which was then transported to Hildesheim for further detailed conservation. Research by Dr. Rafed El-Sayed and Dr Konstantin Lakomy of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen has recently confirmed that it comes from the necropolis of Akhmim.