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Terry Deary, Horrible Histories, in support of Manchester Museum

Cracking family night at King Tut raises money for good cause

Published on January 26th 2011.

Terry Deary, Horrible Histories, in support of Manchester Museum

On Thursday 27 January, Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures will open its doors to welcome supporters of the Manchester Museum to the official Museum of Museums Night at the Trafford Centre. The exhibition will be open from 5pm until midnight.

Featuring a book signing by the creator of the acclaimed children’s books, Horrible Histories - Terry Deary will be making a special trip to Manchester to see the Tutankhamun exhibition and support the important event, signing copies of his books ‘Awful Egyptians’, ‘The Terrible Tomb of Tutankhamun’ and ‘Magic and the Mummy’.

The fundraiser is in aid of Manchester Museum’s planned Ancient Worlds’ Galleries initiative – a complete redisplay of three major new galleries to mark the 2012 centenary of the opening of its first ancient Egypt galleries. The three galleries will highlight the best of the Oxford Road museum’s collections from Manchester and the North West, and from ancient civilisations such as Egypt, Greece and Rome.

The original ancient Egypt galleries were funded by local cotton merchant Jesse Haworth and created the first permanent home for one of the UK’s outstanding ancient Egypt and archaeology collections.

Last refurbished over 25 years ago, the much loved galleries are now in need of updating to make the most of the artefacts in the ‘hidden’, stored collections, as well as the current displayed items.

The current exhibition at Museum of Museums Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures is a spectacular exhibition featuring over 1000 replicated items of the tomb of Tutankhamun. The exhibition is a full reconstruction of the burial chamber of the Boy King, and has wowed visitors since its opening in October 2010.

As well as the visit of Terry Deary on Museum of Museum Night on 27 January, there will be local artists, ancient Egyptian objects from the Manchester Museum, face painters and entertainers. These will include classical guitarist Neil Campbell and a set by vocalist Perri Alleyne-Hughes. The evening will be hosted by Darren Parks the mid-morning presenter at Real Radio.

The event will round off with a grand prize draw – offering visitors the chance to win the spectacular book, ‘A Secret Voyage’, by famed Egyptologist, Dr Zahi Hawass. The collection of photography, history and notes is a limited edition and usually retails at £2600. Prize draw tokens are available to buy for just £10 at the Tutankhamun box office on the night.

The full event programme is listed at tutankhamunmanchester.com

Museum of Museums Night: 5pm – Midnight. Adult: £8, Child: £4, Family (2 adults, 2 children): £20. Student: £4. To book your tickets, please contact 0844 249 1000 or visit www.tutankhamunmanchester.com Museum of Museums is at the Trafford Centre, Phoenix Way, Urmston, Manchester M41 7TB

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