Harrogate's collection of Egyptology is internationally important.
The objects were donated by two local collectors: Benjamin Kent (1884-1968) and James Roberts Ogden (1866-1940). Their collections were created in the late 19th century and early 20th century at a time when there was much research and excavation at the ancient sites in Egypt.
The collection can be divided into themes. You can discover objects from different pharaohs, objects from everyday life and death and burial. See collection themes.
In the exhibition you can see even more objects and there's plenty of things to do.There are three themed activity drawers and boxes:
- Investigate - discovery box containing a
microscope, magnifying glasses, calculators, weighing scales,
rulers, children's laboratory coats and replica Egyptian objects,
rocks and minerals and slides for children to find out what they
might have found in an Ancient Egyptian tomb. Activity sheets
for this can be downloaded here.
- Create - discovery drawer containing papyrus
and pens alongside hieroglyphics alphabet, equipment to make beaded
- Imagine - discovery drawer containing replica costumes and headresses for children and adults, jewellery to try on, books to read.