My name is Beverley Rogers and I would like to adopt the Egypt Centre at Swansea University.
Tell us a bit more about yourself
I have lived in Mumbles, Swansea for nine years from when I moved from the West Midlands to Swansea University in order to study for an undergraduate degree in Egyptology. I am now in my final year of a PhD where I am researching the Victorian collector of Egyptian antiquities, the Reverend William MacGregor.
Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Egypt Centre is situated on the Swansea University campus, in the Taliesin Centre. It is a free museum which holds upwards of 5000 Egyptian antiquities which it displays in two galleries – the House of Life and the House of Death. It is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.
Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
The Egypt Centre has an extraordinary collection of artefacts that span a broad range of uses and time periods. There are some important pieces within the collection, including Amarna jewellery, well preserved linen and a Twenty-First Dynasty coffin to name just a few of the things. The Egypt Centre caters for all sorts of visitors, whether they are members of the public, school parties, university students or scholars. Their friendly and approachable stance makes learning about ancient Egypt enjoyable whatever your age and there is always someone around to help answer questions.
Why would you recommend people visit?
It is good fun and you will learn loads! There are interactive activities such as mummy wrapping, object handling and writing in hieroglyphs, and the volunteers who look after the galleries are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. There are even child volunteers on a Saturday whose grasp of information is amazing. There is also a lovely shop with affordable gifts and publications.
How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Important, educational, fun