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This year one of Britain’s greatest treasure houses—The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge—celebrates its 200th birthday. To mark the occasion major exhibitions will explore two of its most cherished collections, ancient Egyptian coffins and illuminated manuscripts

The first major exhibition for the Fitzwilliam Museum’s 2016 bicentenary celebrations will explore the fascinating world of ancient Egyptian burial customs and practices.

Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt goes beyond the images of mummies, animal-headed gods, pharaohs and mystery often associated with ancient Egypt. It explores the beliefs and working practices behind Egyptian coffins and shows how coffin design developed over 4,000 years, reflecting significant changes both in the status of affluent ancient Egyptians and in the gods that were important to them. 

The visitors will be able to discover how these remarkable objects were constructed and what this information can reveal about the craftsmen who made coffins and the clients who commissioned and bought them. A ‘live’ conservation area in the exhibition will provide visitors with a unique insight into the science used to examine the objects on display.

Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
23 February – 22 May 2016