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Hermione the mummy on show at Girton College

October 26th, 2009
( -- Girton College’s newly-refurbished small museum, the Lawrence Room, has opened its doors to the public.

The College's wide range of important artefacts and antiquities are on show in their full glory in state-of-the-art display cases.

There are three major collections, namely Anglo-Saxon, Egyptian and Mediterranean, which include significant, and in some cases unique pieces such as Hermione Grammatike, a named portrait mummy from the Fayum.

Girton has acquired many of these interesting exhibits from its benefactors and supporters. However, the Anglo-Saxon material came from a cemetery excavated on the College site in 1881.

Frances Gandy, the Curator at Girton College, said: "We are delighted to now be able to provide regular public access to the Lawrence Room. It is a truly fascinating collection and quite a hidden treasure. It is already of great interest to researchers and academics and we hope that its new, regular opening hours will mean that a far wider audience will be able to enjoy these pieces."

The Lawrence Room is open to the public for free every Thursday between 2 and 4pm (and at other times via prior appointment).

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