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AN EGYPTIAN mummy will be the centrepiece of a new interactive gallery that will open to the public for the first time at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro on Friday from 11am to 4pm.
Iset Tayf Nakt was an Egyptian priest, craftsman, husband and father who lived more than 2,500 years ago.
His mummified remains have long been the museum's most popular exhibit and now, as well being able to enter an enclosed tomb area to see him and his inner coffin, there is an opportunity to see what he looked like following a scan and specialist reconstruction of his head.
Another exhibition highlight is the statue of Sekmet, the Lion Goddess, which is being loaned from the British Museum – together with a wide variety of objects and interactive displays showcasing what life was like for ancient people.
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £233,000 to develop the new gallery.
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council contributed another £55,000 and £10,000 was secured from the Foundation for Sports and the Arts.