Our collection

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 jewellery, stencils...
  • Imagine - discovery drawer containing replica costumes and headresses for children and adults, jewellery to try on, books to read.

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News and Events

Talk by renowned Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher at the Mercer Art Gallery on 4th June 2014
Come along to try out all our Egyptian activities. Be a scientist, an Egyptian scribe or dress as a priest!

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