James Daly takes a sneak peek at the Manchester Museum Refurbishment

James Daly MP has taken a sneak peek at the Manchester Museum, a part of the University of  Manchester, which is currently in the final phase of its £15 million transformation project. 

Chair of the APPG for Northern Culture and local MP James Daly visited the Manchester  Museum’s ambitious and complex project, which will see the museum’s beautiful building  transformed. New galleries will also be installed – including a stunning Exhibition Hall, which  will host the internationally successful ‘‘Golden Mummies of Egypt. 

After visiting, James Daly commented  

“The Manchester Museum has been a hidden gem in our region, and I’m extremely excited to  see the transformation it is undergoing to bring exciting and interesting exhibits to our area  and expand the offer that is available to people across Bury and Greater Manchester.” 

“The project has received some fantastic investment from the Government, who are committed  to expanding the academic and cultural reach across our communities. The University of  Manchester, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the generosity of numerous  philanthropic supporters have also invested. I am excited to come back when the museum re opens fully in February next year.” 

Mr Daly was shown around this exciting project by Head of Exhibitions and Collections,  George Young. Speaking after the visit George said  

“It was a pleasure to share with James Daly MP the more caring, inclusive and imaginative  Manchester Museum that we are creating and to talk about how the museum works beyond the  bricks and mortar across Greater Manchester. We can’t wait to welcome everyone through  our new doors from February 2023.” 

Manchester Museum has benefitted from a two-storey extension which has extended its  footprint by 25%, with an extensive reconfiguration of existing spaces. Over 18,000 objects  have had to be moved or protected from building work. As much material as possible is being  reused or recycled. 

In addition to the ‘‘Golden Mummies of Egypt’ exhibition, there will also be a new Belonging  Gallery, Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery, and a South Asia Gallery in partnership with  the British Museum. The South Asia Gallery is the first-ever permanent exhibition space in the  UK dedicated to exploring the stories, experiences, and contributions of South Asian  communities. 

You can find out more about the Manchester Museum here  https://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/