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Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme

Welcome to the home of the Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme

The Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme, funded by The National Lottery Fund through the Heritage Lottery Fund, was a two year project working with partner museums across Scotland to discover and reveal new and interesting stories about their ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections.

 

Thanks to funding from the Esmeé Fairbairn Collections Fund, delivered by the Museums Association, the project undertook a national review of ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections.

 

The Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme included the touring exhibition Discovering Ancient Egypt, which toured to Hawick Museum, Montrose Museum, the Baird Institute, Cumnock, Perth Museum & Art Gallery and the John Gray Centre, Haddington between March 2019 and April 2021.

 

Loans to Perth Museum & Art Gallery, University of Aberdeen, Kirkcudbright Galleries and Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries supported new displays of East Asian collections across the country. 

 

The project also supported a skills development programme, providing 99 training experiences to 71 museum staff and volunteers from 25 organisations across Scotland.

 

Learning and Engagement Resources

We worked with partners across Scotland to create learning and engagement resources for use with ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections. We are delighted to be able to share these resources with you for use in your audience learning and engagement programmes.

 

We are grateful to our museum partners for their support in developing these materials, and we would kindly request that you do not edit the resources, or remove their acknowledgments.

 

Download the East Asia resources

 

Download the ancient Egypt resources

 

  • Crocodile-shaped foot rasp, Islamic, Mid-19th Century

    Crocodile-shaped foot rasp, Islamic, Mid-19th Century
  • Coptic cloth decorated with floral patterns, c. 6th century AD

    Coptic cloth decorated with floral patterns, c. 6th century AD
  • Pilgrim flask, c. 395-650 AD (Coptic period)

    Pilgrim flask,  c. 395-650 AD (Coptic period)
  • To accompany their Reveal display, Dress to Impress, Perth Museum and Art Gallery developed a very successful community engagement project to create a Community Robe inspired by the display. Find out more about the project in our case study.

    To accompany their Reveal display, Dress to Impress, Perth Museum and Art Gallery developed a very successful community engagement project to create a Community Robe inspired by the display. Find out more about the project in our case study.
  • Perth Museum and Art Gallery also created two origami resources inspired by their Reveal display, Dress to Impress.

    Perth Museum and Art Gallery also created two origami resources inspired by their Reveal display, Dress to Impress.
  • Cut out and create a Chinese parade lion or dragon.

    Cut out and create a Chinese parade lion or dragon.

 

We would love to hear about how you use these resources. Please tweet us @NMSPartnerships or email partnerships@nms.ac.uk.

 

Measuring Social Impact

With funding from the Museums Association's Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, we piloted a framework for measuring social impact of audience engagement with ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections. 

 

We developed this framework based on the feedback from colleagues at our Social Impact Symposium in November 2018, the Museum Associations Measuring Social Impact Toolkit and the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.

 

The toolkit was piloted by partner museums, who engaged with autistic children and young people and their families.

 

We would love to hear your feedback on our draft measuring social impact toolkits. Please email partnerships@nms.ac.uk with your experiences of using the toolkit.

 

Download the toolkit

 

Some of the stories from the project are also shared on the National Museums Scotland blog.

 

For more information about the National Programme, contact partnerships@nms.ac.uk

Locating Ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections

The map below displays our National Programme partners, showing where ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections can be found across Scotland.

Map key

  • Egypt
  • East Asia
  • Egypt and East Asia

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