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Bolton Museums, Art Gallery and Aquarium: Egyptology

" Bolton’s connection with Egypt dates back to the 19th century, to the time of the American Civil War in 1861-1865. The Confederate ports were blockaded, which affected the transport of American cotton and which might lead to unemployment and hardship in a fine cotton spinning centre. Some Bolton manufacturers turned to Egypt, where cotton had been introduced as a crop and for export in the 1820’s, and began to establish business with cotton merchants in Alexandria. By the time the Chadwick Museum in Bolton was open in the 1880’s and the Egypt Exploration Fund had been founded in London to raise money and undertake excavations in Egypt, there was interest in the town to support this work and thus form a collection of Egyptian antiquities."

Format:  Website
Publisher:  Bolton Museums
Publication City:  Bolton