Ancient Egypt is the focus of the Collectors’ Room at Towneley which is packed full of objects which have been on show in the museum since before 1910.
The Egyptian mummy and mummy case come from different periods of ancient Egypt given to the hall by the last of the Towneley family to live in the hall, Lady O’Hagan. She had a fascination with Egyptology and helped to sponsor John Garstang’s excavations in Egypt. As a result, John sent collections back to the hall for display.
Judging by the numbers of tombs and mummies that the ancient Egyptians left behind, one can be forgiven for thinking that they were obsessed by death. However, this is not so. The Egyptians were obsessed by life and its continuation rather than by a morbid fascination with death.
The tombs, mortuary temples and mummies that they produced were a celebration of life and a means of continuing it for eternity.
For the Egyptians, as for other cultures, death was part of the journey of life, with death marking a transition or transformation after which life continued in another form, the spiritual rather than the corporeal.
A programme of major repairs to Towneley Hall will take place from October 2022 and will be completed in early 2025. Find out how the repair works will affect public access to the building and its appearance.
A reduced entry fee of £2.75 per adult is in place due to conservation building works taking place at Towneley Hall.
All areas of the Hall will be open to the public with the exception of the Regency Rooms, Medieval Long Gallery and Great Hall. Visitors will still be able to see the Victorian Kitchen and the stunning Art Gallery. The eclectic collections including an Egyptian Mummy, the Whalley Abbey Vestments, Lancashire-oak made furniture, Pilkington’s Pottery and the Towneley Bear are also still fully accessible.