The Meroë Head of Augustus arrives at the VG&M

The famous  Meroë Head of Augustus,  discovered by Liverpool Archaeologist, John Garstang, in 1910 will go on public display at the University’s Victoria Gallery and Museum’s from Saturday, 3 March 2018.

This is the first time the remarkable bronze object has been displayed in Liverpool since its re-discovery over one hundred years ago.

The Meroë Head of Augustus is on loan from the British Museum, and returns to the city as part of the BBC Civilisations Festival.  The object dates back to c. 27-25 B.C.E.

Nicola Euston, Museums and Galleries Manager at the University of Liverpool, said: “Augustus’ head has survived through the centuries and has a fascinating story to tell; it was the 35th object included in the BBC Radio 4 series ‘A History of the World in 100 objects’.

“We are beyond delighted to see The Meroë Head of Augustus return to the University, and honoured to be exhibiting it at the VG&M. We are also celebrating our 10 year anniversary over the course of its stay with us and there are an exciting set of events coming up.”

To celebrate its arrival at the University, on Saturday, 9 March, the VG&M will host a free Symposium which brings together lecturers and experts in their fields to discuss the artifact over the course of the day.

The Meroë Head of Augustus will be available for public viewing at the Victoria Gallery & Museum from 3 March to 30 June 2018. 

Admission to all galleries and exhibitions at the VG&M is free and the building is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

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