Outstanding public engagement initiative (staff)

Dr Lidija McKnight, Dr Campbell Price, Dr Stephanie Atherton-Woolham, Anna Bunney, Victoria Grant

Collaboration between Faculty of Life Sciences and Manchester Museum

Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed

Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed is a touring exhibition organised by Manchester Museum, which showcases Manchester-based research and cross-faculty collaboration. The exhibition transports visitors back to c.750BC when animal mummification was at its peak. It is designed to engage all ages and includes immersive experiences and interactive displays, coupled with cutting-edge science to explain the role of animals in life and death in ancient Egypt.

The exhibition was developed by Faculty of Life Science researchers in collaboration with Dr Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan, alongside the Engagement team at Manchester Museum and won ‘Exhibition of the Year 2015’ in the CityLife Awards.

Lidija says: "It was great for the team’s efforts to engage the public with scientific research to be recognised with a Making a Difference Award, confirming the University’s commitment to making social responsibility a vital element of our work here in Manchester."

Watch Lidija's film.