Young, Rich & Famous
In this digital age of collecting selfies and more on social media, what does immortality mean?
Manchester Museum’s latest installation at Manchester’s Central Library, Young, Rich & Famous challenges us to think of how we will be remembered after death and what we will leave behind. This marks a decade of partnership working between Manchester Libraries and Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester.
Young, Rich & Famous features some of the highlights of Manchester Museum’s Ancient Egypt and Sudan collection of over 18,000 objects. The installation explores the stories and significance of life, death and immortality in Egypt.
Most of what survives from ancient Egypt comes from the tombs of the wealthy and reinforces the ideal of eternal youth. Today, we apply filters on Instagram and Snapchat for a desired look, similarly ancient Egyptian tomb paintings, statues, coffins and masks show people as they hoped to appear; just like their ageless gods and goddesses. These objects were designed for the journey to and existence in the afterlife resulting in the popular impression of all Egyptians being rich and perfectly youthful. However, most ancient Egyptians were farmers and left no trace of their existence.
Leading up to the museum’s £13.5 million transformation hello future, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, its Ancient Worlds galleries are closed until early 2021. This is disappointing for the many visitors that come to Manchester Museum to see its significant Egyptian collection but Young, Rich & Famous offers an opportunity for Manchester’s communities to experience Ancient Egypt in the city.
On Saturday 19 October 2019, Manchester Museum is hosting an event inspired by Ancient Egypt for families, with imaginative activities for people of all ages. Check out our events section for further details.
Manchester Museum is working with local communities and businesses to display its collections across the city. It is inviting people to share their ideas of where in Manchester they would like to see other artefacts from the museum, if you have an idea please tweet us #MMAsMyCity