To Have and To Heal

Engaging with Ancient Egypt, in a physically distanced world.

‘Thank you for bringing Ancient Egypt back into my life.  Your enthusiasm and passion has stirred me’


Our World has changed dramatically since March 2020.

Many of us are experiencing uncertainty; feeling disconnected and socially isolated from our friends and family.

Manchester Museum has developed a unique programme which seeks to look to the past as we contemplate our present and our futures.


‘To Have and to Heal’ is a new programme, which explores the Museum’s World Class Egyptology collection and the incredibly popular fascination with ancient Egyptian material culture and practices to - with specialist support - facilitate sensitive, in-depth conversations around responses to loss, bereavement and resilience; and explore personal reflections of experiences of the pandemic.


The interactive online programme includes real time engagement and q & a with the Museum’s Curator of Egypt and Sudan, will showcase high quality digital images of never before seen objects from the collection, and utilize film shorts, as well as share a behind the scenes virtual visit to the Museum’s storerooms.

The online programme will use Manchester Museum’s collections as a catalyst for providing inspiration, and meaningful support to groups and organisations that have been heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and is open to;

  • Third sector organisations offering vital support to people at risk of social isolation, with health conditions, or caring responsibilities.

  • Schools and home-schoolers seeking inspirational new resources to support ‘catching-up’ on disrupted education, and

  • Care homes


For groups of approx 10-15 participants with organisation’s Support Coordinator



We are extremely grateful to The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund – delivered by the Museums Association, for its generous support in making this project possible.


For further information and/or to make a booking contact