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The secret world of the ancient Egyptians will be revealed at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday 16th May.

More than 150 items – including mummies, coffins, sculptures and jewellery – have been brought together in an interactive exhibition that will shed new light on an ancient civilisation.

‘Secret Egypt: Unravelling Truth from Myth’ uses archaeological and scientific evidence to explore how the pyramids were constructed, how the bodies of people and animals were mummified, and how much of what we think we know about this ancient civilisation is simply modern myth.

Matthew Constantine, collections, interpretation and learning manager for Leicester Arts and Museums Service, said:  “We are really pleased to be able to bring this exhibition to New Walk Museum.

“It nicely complements our permanent Egyptian gallery, providing more fantastic ancient objects for people to see – and encouraging visitors to think differently about this fascinating ancient civilisation.”

‘Secret Egypt: Unravelling Truth from Myth’ opens on Saturday 16th May and continues until 27th September. Admission to the exhibition is free.

A range of activities to support the new exhibition will be taking place at New Walk Museum throughout the summer.

Visitors will be able to have a go at making their own ancient Egyptian-style jewellery and there will be Book of the Dead-themed craft activities. Sessions will take place from 11am – 1pm and from 2pm-4pm. A fee of £2.50 – payable at the museum shop – will be charged for activities.

Information about other Egyptian-themed activities, events and talks taking place throughout the summer is available at
‘Secret Egypt: Unravelling Truth from Myth’ is a touring exhibition from the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, loaned by Birmingham Museums Trust on behalf of Birmingham City Council.