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New gallery will explore ancient lives at Maidstone Museum

PUBLISHED: 11:03 12 October 2017

Archaeologist Julian Richards will be opening the Ancient Lives gallery on Monday, October 16

Archaeologist Julian Richards will be opening the Ancient Lives gallery on Monday, October 16

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The exhibition starts from next week

Visitors to Maidstone Museum will be able to leap thousands of years back in time to look at the every day lives of Egyptian and Greek civilisation next week.

The museum’s new Ancient Lives gallery will peek inside the typical working day for an average peasant living before the common era.

Aside from work, visitors can discover how food, clothing and shelter was prepared at the gallery’s ‘home life’ section, while the ‘public life’ area will take a look a look at the common ceremonies and festivals that littered the ancient calendars, also looking at how people would prepare for competitions and warfare.

Artefacts will be on display, along with the museum’s renowned mummy, Ta-Kush, who died more than 2,700 years ago.

Archaeologist Julian Richards, presenter of TV Series such as Blood of the vikings and Meet the Ancestors, will be opening the exhibition on Monday, October 16, together with the mayor of Maidstone, Malcolm Greer.

The gallery is part of a major refurbishment of the museum, which saw it receive a £78,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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