Mrs Goodison at The Atkinson in Southport

The female ‘Indiana Jones’ of Victorian England will come back to life in Southport this Saturday to tell visitors all about her incredible adventures. 

Mrs Anne Goodison will be represented at The Atkinson on Lord Street, inviting people to travel back in time with her to share her travels in Egypt. 

Mrs Goodison will be on hand in the Egyptology Gallery to regale you with her amazing tales, in a family friendly activity with no booking required.

It is part of a series of fascinating Egypt Month events and activities being held at The Atkinson, to celebrate 100 years since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Mrs Goodison’s meeting times are:

11am – 11.45am,

1pm – 1.45pm,

3pm – 3.45pm.

Mrs Anne Goodison was one of a handful of wealthy Victorian ladies in the North West who were fascinated by ancient Egypt. 

As the wives or daughters of wealthy industrialists, these women had financial independence. They could travel abroad and fund the work of archaeologists. They met explorers and made friendships with museum curators, sharing adventures and knowledge. Their passion for collecting enabled them to satisfy their curiosity and demonstrate their status in society.

Mrs Goodison was married to a successful civil engineer, George Goodison, who devised the drainage system in the Everton area of Liverpool. 

Everton Football Club’s football ground was later named after him. 

Anne was a student of hieroglyphics and an avid collector of Egyptology. She put together a wide ranging collection which presents a snapshot of her view of Egyptian life and exhibited it in her own ‘Museum Room’ in her home in Waterloo, Liverpool.

The Atkinson in Southport is holding an Egypt month with a whole host of events and activities for people of all ages. Egyptology Gallery Tour

The Atkinson in Southport is holding an Egypt month with a whole host of events and activities for people of all ages. Egyptology Gallery Tour

Sadly her husband did not share her interest in the collection and he offered it for sale to Bootle Museum after her death in 1906 aged 61. 

Eventually it was purchased by a local man, Mr Davies, who had spent his working life in Egypt and who presented it to Bootle Museum. 

After the museum closed in 1974, the collection remained in storage until 2014, when Heritage Lottery Funding allowed The Atkinson to develop an Egyptology Museum.

Over the coming weeks there will be some unique courses, talks, tours and family friendly fun. 

You can discover the full list here: Egyptology Archives – The AtkinsonThe Atkinson 

The Atkinson Museum is home to one of the most impressive Egyptology collections in the UK.

The Museum is open – with free entry – 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays and Bank Holidays). 

The Goodison collection is both varied and well preserved. It illustrates the rituals that were at the heart of Egyptian beliefs, as well as the creation of personal beauty and communication through language and imagery. The collection also tells us about everyday life and allows us to imagine life as an ancient Egyptian, rich and poor.

Visitors can see an intricately decorated coffin lid, the Mummy of Nes-Amun, a wooden Ba-bird and rare paddle dolls, amongst many other artefacts. A range of interactive displays include the ‘Weighing of the Heart’ ceremony, X-raying an Ibis mummy and a hieroglyphic jigsaw wall. 

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