Leach Studio has worked on revised conceptual designs for Bolton Museum’s new £3.8m Egyptology gallery following feedback from the public and partners. New artist impressions show how the Bolton’s Egypt gallery will look when it opens next year.
Bolton’s Egypt will be divided into sections depicting the history and importance of the borough’s Egyptology collection. These include: the Portico; Rotunda; Land and People; and Beliefs. In addition, there will be a section devoted to Chadwick Museum - depicted as a doll’s house set in parkland - and how Bolton came to acquire such an extensive Egyptology collection. Also, central to the new gallery will be a full-sized recreation of the tomb of Thutmose III.
Contractor Willmott Dixon has been on site since the beginning of 2017 and completed essential roof repairs and internal mechanical and electrical works. Next on the programme of works is the fit-out of exhibition space, decoration and a new shop area on the first floor.
Nichola Ward, head of creative, Leach Studio, said: “Working closely with the museum team has allowed us to really explore the collection and create some exciting and often brave designs. It’s inspiring to work with a client team that is open to ideas and is really helping to create a fun-filled experience for visitors that shows the breadth and beauty of Bolton’s astonishing Egyptology collection.
“The designs have received great feedback from the team and we’re delighted to unveil our latest impressions. We hope everyone is as excited as we are - we can’t wait to continue our journey with Bolton’s Egypt and look forward to its opening next year.”