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On 4 October 2004 the Egyptian Galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum closed to allow a major project of renovation and redisplay to be carried out.

After 20 months the new displays were formally opened by the His Excellency Mr Gehad Madi, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and became open to the public again on 25 May.

In these project pages you can find information about the way the project progressed and some of the interesting work carried out in conserving the objects whilst they were off display.

The Fitzwilliam Museum's Egyptian collections have been conserved and re-displayed through the generosity of:


  • The Heritage Lottery Fund
  • The DCMS/Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The Getty Foundation
  • Isaac Newton Trust
  • Renaissance
  • The Trust House Charitable Foundation
  • The Aurelius Charitable Trust

and other corporate and private donors.