Visitors can play ancient musical instruments at London exhibition

Musical instruments from ancient Egypt, recreated using 3D printing technology by researchers at the University, are on display and may be played at a new exhibition.

The panpipes, bells are rattles are available to pick up and play in the UCL Petrie Museum, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6BT until 17 April 2019. It is free to attend and open from Tuesday to Saturday, 13.00-17.00.

The exhibition entitled Sounds of Roman Egypt is the result of a two-year project between the University’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) and School of Music and Fine Art (SMFA), and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Roman and Late Antique Artefacts in Egypt project aims to transform understanding of life in ancient Egypt through everyday items.

Dr Jo Stoner, Research Associate in Classical and Archaeological Studies at Kent, said: ‘We hope this exhibition will bring the period alive for children and adults alike. There are sound recordings and replica instruments using modern technologies available to handle and play.’