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William MacGregor’s Egyptology Collection

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Bolehall Manor Club

Amington Road

Tamworth

B77 3LH

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Reverend William MacGregor's Egyptology Collection

Academic Beverley Rogers provides a fascinating insight into one of the town’s renowned citizens: vicar, philanthropist and founder of the Tamworth Co-operative Society William MacGregor. This is a joint event hosted by Tamworth Literary Festival and Tamworth Heritage Trust and it is fitting that it is given in MacGregor's former home.

In 1922, one of the finest and largest collections of Egyptian Antiquities ever to have been held in private hands was offered for sale through the auction house of Sotheby’s in London. The event, widely publicised through both press and word of mouth, attracted the attention of Egyptologists, museum curators, private collectors and agents, all vying to own a piece of this world famous compendium of ancient Egyptian artefacts. The man behind this magnificent collection has, however, remained one of Egyptology’s lesser known characters, despite playing an important and active role in contributing to what is considered to be the Golden Age of Egyptology.

The Reverend William MacGregor (1842–1937), a resident of Tamworth, vicar of St Editha’s and benefactor of the town, was a prominent member of the Egypt Exploration Society and also of the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Archaeology. He was a benefactor of many excavations including those undertaken by Naville, Garstang and Petrie, and frequently assisted actively in the field.

Through his involvement in this flourishing period of Egyptology, MacGregor was afforded rare opportunities to amass a fine and unique collection of antiquities and his museum became instrumental in promoting the field of Egyptology. Whilst the collection is now scattered around the world, items such as the ivory label of King Den in the British Museum and ‘MacGregor Man’ in the Ashmolean Museum, still educate and fascinate us today with many pieces regarded as important examples of Egyptian art.


Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Attendance FREE. Bucket collection at end.

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