Museum hosts Ancient Egypt exhibition

12/07/2019, PR-9117

An exhibition exploring death in Ancient Egypt has officially opened in Wakefield.

​Wakefield Museum is hosting the Gateway to Eternity exhibition. Visitors will be able to discover Egyptian death rituals, follow their journey into the afterlife and venture into a recreated tomb.

The museum has been selected as one of the recipients of the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund for 2019, which supports the loan of Egyptian artefacts from the British Museum and National Museums Liverpool.

Egyptian exhibition

​Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, the Weston Loan Programme is the first ever UK-wide funding scheme to enable smaller and local authority museums to borrow works of art and artefacts from national collections.

The highlight of the exhibition will be the mummy of a woman named Perenbast, kindly loaned by The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester. Perenbast lived nearly 3,000 years ago and was buried on the west bank of the Nile. She is believed to have been a temple singer, probably at the great temple of Karnak.

Other treasures on loan from national museums, including the British Museum, are on display alongside objects from Wakefield's own collection. Displays from the British Museum are of everyday Ancient Egyptian objects, including pottery, amulets and a headrest used for both sleep and within tombs for use in the afterlife. There will also be mummified animals and canopic jars used in the mummification process.

Gateway to Eternity exhibition

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "It is fantastic that Wakefield Museum has been chosen as one of the recipients of the Weston Loan Programme. This is set to be yet another fascinating exhibition that the whole family can enjoy, made even better by the loan of some of these wonderful artefacts."

Sophia Weston, Trustee of the Garfield Weston Foundation, said: "When we started the Weston Loan Programme we hoped it would help bring national treasures to many different communities across the UK and we are thrilled that the people of Wakefield will get to enjoy these fascinating Egyptian artefacts. We hope they will inspire the next generation of archaeologists and artists."

Also on offer are family-friendly activities and workshops for schools.

The exhibition runs until 4 July 2020 and admission is free of charge. Visit our website for more details at