Mummy case being cleaned at museum

CONSERVATION work on a 2,700-year-old Egyptian mummy case at a Colchester museum is under way.

The cleaning and repairing of the case - known as a Sarcophagus - is being done in public at Colchester Castle.

The work will continue today before the case is transported to Ipswich Museum to be displayed in its Egyptian gallery which will open in July.

Conservation team Emma Hogarth and Stefanie White, who have been carrying out the work, said it was going well.

Ms Hogarth said: “Considering it is 2,700-years-old it is in very good condition. We are giving it a gentle clean and are really pleased with how it’s going.

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“The public and visitors have shown lots of interest and we have had lots of questions from visiting schoolchildren.

“It has been nice to let the public see a bit of the work which is usually going on behind the scenes.”

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