RAMM’s collection contains around 600 objects from ancient Egypt, dating from the Predynastic to Medieval eras. Many of these objects were collected by Victorian and Edwardian people who were fascinated with the mystery and glamour of Ancient Egypt. Some collectors bought items when they worked or travelled in the country. Other people stayed in Britain and purchased items from dealers or at auction. The museum isn’t actively collecting ancient Egyptian material, so this collection represents a heyday of Victorian exploration of the world.
Highlights of the collection
- The mummy, coffin and cartonnage of Shep en-Mut
- A fragment of hieroglyphic text from the tomb of Khaemhat in Thebes
- A silver-coated breastplate from a mummy, collected by Giovanni Belzoni – a circus-man who became a pioneering explorer and archaeologist
- Grave goods from Saft-el-Henna, excavated by Flinders Petrie in 1906
- Brightly-coloured pieces of Coptic textiles, excavated by Rev. Greville Chester
Explore and research
Why not explore our online Ancient Egypt collection?
Are you interested in using our collections for research? We welcome research by students, local history or community groups, and interested individuals. Please contact us if you have an enquiry about this collection, or to make an appointment to visit objects and archives in store.
An exciting study of RAMM’s Ancient Egyptian coffins was recently published as part of the Egyptian Coffins in Provincial Collections of the United Kingdom project.