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Art Exhibition

Writing for Eternity: decoding Ancient Egypt

Writing for Eternity: decoding Ancient Egypt


Writing revolutionised the ancient world - for the first time people began to record their thoughts and store information for future generations to read and interpret thousands of years later. The Ancient Egyptians were at the forefront of this process and this exhibition tells the fascinating story of this great civilisations written history.

Writing for Eternity: decoding Ancient Egypt explores the role of the scribe in Egyptian culture, the history of writing for the afterlife and how, just like us, the Ancient Egyptians wrote letters, read poetry, negotiated business deals and documented their daily lives. As well as telling the stories of the Pharaohs, the elite and their scribes, the exhibition explores the lives of everyday people; builders, traders, farmers, nomads.

The objects on display range for delicate pieces of jewellery, scribe’s pens, and parchment, to stone tablets, and sculptures. The exhibition reflects the diversity of written culture in Ancient Egypt, exploring many different kinds of languages and scripts, including Coptic, Greek, Arabic and Nubian.

Spanning 4000 years of writing in Ancient Egypt, the history of this ancient civilisation is explored through stunning objects and texts in this must see exhibition from the British Museum.


Admission charges apply.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Group benefits include free admission and meal in our Garden Restaurant for your travel leader and/or coach driver. Group rates: £4.50pp (min group size 10). Curatorial talk £2.00pp extra.

Events at this Venue

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Sat 16 Jun - Sun 30 Sep Eden Rivers Wonder World
Sat 21 Jul - Sat 1 Sep Summer Holiday Fun
Wed 29 Aug Footstep


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Plan route to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 398560  Lat: 54.89509 Long: -2.94014

By car or coach enter the city following the M symbol until this brings you to Hardwicke Circus roundabout. Take the exit signed A595 Workington. Keeping in the outside lane of the dual carriageway, drive past Tullie House, which will be on your left.

Go straight on at the traffic lights, keep in the right hand lane. When you reach the roundabout at McVities factory double back on yourself and drive back along the other side of the dual carriageway keeping in the inside lane. Go straight across at the traffic lights and turn left at the sign for Devonshire Walk car park. Tullie House can be reached by using either the footbridge or the underground walkway situated just in front of the castle.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Carlisle station

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