Leeds City Museum. Pharaoh – King of Egypt Exhibition

Work began in autumn 2005 on an ambitious project to turn Leeds’ old Civic Theatre into an exciting new museum in the heart of Leeds. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Forward and has transformed the Grade II-listed Civic Institute building into a state-of-the-art museum.
We had always promised to visit this museum once the project had been competed and the Pharaoh, King of Egypt travelling exhibition from the British Museum gave us the incentive to honour that promise. The weather was typical ‘3D Trip weather’; Sunny with a blue sky. There was a chill wind, but it was excellent for our first outing of the year!
The museum didn’t disappoint. We took up the offer of a guided tour and were given a comprehensive talk by Kerry about the history of Leeds. We were then free to explore the museum at our own pace.
The Pharaoh, King of Egypt exhibition was very good and was well supported by the local community. It was heartening to see young families there learning together about the Egyptians and their culture.
I must say the Leeds collection of Egyptian artefacts on the top floor of the museum was also very good and well worth a visit, but my favourite display was that of the recently discovered ‘Yorkshire Hoard’ of magnificent Saxon gold.