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<b>Wednesday 21 May:</b> Mummies ordered to cover up, 'Bank Helliday' for parents and United's big night

Published on May 21st 2008.

MUMMIES at Manchester Museum have been covered up after complaints about them being naked. Despite being on show unwrapped for 120 years, the mummified remains of Asru now have to be covered up after the complaints. Bob Partridge, chairman of Manchester Ancient Egypt Society has said he hopes the decision will be reversed. Critics have described the decision as 'politically correct rubbish', according to reports.

PARENTS in Manchester are worrying about keeping their children entertained over the Bank Holiday according to new research. Learndirect have reported that 57% of parents consider the long weekend as a 'Bank Helliday' and that one in two children in the city get bored in 15 minutes if they have nothing to do.

DIESEL prices in Manchester are amongst the lowest in the country. At an average if £1.23.5 per litre, the North West has the cheapest diesel available. Figures from the AA suggest that people are travelling less by car because of increasingly high petrol and diesel prices in the UK.

MANCHESTER UNITED face Chelsea tonight in the much anticipated Champions League Final. Sir Alex Ferguson has said United will not be relying solely on their two star players, Rooney and Ronaldo. He told manutd.com: “In terms of their ability, nerve and their courage to play, there are few better. It's a challenge for every one of our players and we can't look to depend on two young lads as our saviours. I will be relying on all eleven players to see us through."

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Stephen NewtonMay 21st 2008.

Is it 1 April?

Mr TMay 21st 2008.

Surely taking the mummies off display would be a wiser decision? Who wants to see King Tut wrapped up in, erm, what the hell have they covered them up with anyway? Is there any point seeing this exhibition now or is it just a bunch of black sheets with notes in front saying what's underneath? PC briggade you need shooting, very odd that Von Hagandas exhibition at MoSI is fine,

DrakeMay 21st 2008.

You can find our if Pietr has put a pagan spell on Mr Merriman then...or if this is a real story (which I doubt) is it all part of the 'respect for our pagan dead' campaign? Good if we could see the actual complaints/letters though. There's no information in the MEN story. Silly season thy name is mummy.

JonathanMay 21st 2008.

It's part of the whole uncertainty about this area. And also as society seems to be hardening with its atitude towards displaying corpses - you would not have seen the dead on the news following disasters in the eighties as we now do routinely with say Burma or China - the museum, more or less this one alone, has decided to get squeamish.

John WareMay 21st 2008.

It would help if the museum gave more clarity to the complaints.Is it complaints from over sensitive mother's about what their children should be exposed to?Are they complaints grounded in someone's religious beliefs?Are they complaints from members of staff?What number of complaints have there been?

DrakeMay 21st 2008.

Congrats to the PR department at MAnchester Museum for that one.

Jonathan Schofield - editorMay 21st 2008.

The Museum is behaving very oddly. After our Lindow Man exhibition piece I went back and interviewed the director and the deputy director of the Museum about their policies. We're going to get a follow-up article on the site over the next week which explains their thinking.

Loyal employee of the Manchester MuseumMay 21st 2008.

This is just the tip of a larger Ice burg, in recent months a number of our displays have been removed. Human skeletons and any thing which depicts evolution have simply disappeared from our mammal’s gallery. The public comments are in sharp contrast to those stated by the Museum management. Loyal employee of the Manchester museum.

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