Bolton’s collection of ancient Egyptian material is arguably one of the most important in a British local authority museum (i.e. a non-National, non-University Museum), and numbers around 12,000 objects from over 65 sites in Egypt.
Unlike comparable collections in the UK, the majority of the objects are excavated and thus retain full provenance information.
This makes the collection of particular interest to researchers and gives scope for enhanced interpretation for the public. The collection is recognised as being of international significance.