The Garstang Museum of Archaeology has an important collection of antiquities and reflects the long history of research into Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. The origins of the Museum lie with the creation, in 1904, of the Institute of Archaeology, then affiliated to the University. From the outset the Institute had its own Museum intended to support the work of the staff and the teaching of its students.
The Museum’s archive contains the records of the Institute of Archaeology (1904-1948) and its successors as well as personal papers of the Institute’s academics and records of excavations carried out on behalf of the Institute. Personal papers include:
- • The John Garstang Collection, excavation records and photographic materials regarding the excavations of John Garstang, (1876-1956), in Egypt, Sudan and the Near East.
- • Papers of Aylward Manley Blackman (1883-1956), including images of his excavations at Buhen, Dendur, Gerf HussEin and Meir.
- • Papers of Amice Mary Calverley (1896-1959), including images of the excavations of Deanery Fields (Chester), Penmaenmawr, and Caersws.
- • Papers of Alan Rowe (1890-1968), including images of Athribis and Cyrene.
- • Papers of Herbert Walter Fairman (1907-1982), including images his excavations at Edfu and Abydos.
- • Papers of J V H Eames regarding excavation of sites in the UK.
- • Papers of Robert Ludwig Mond (1867-1938), especially his excavation of Thebes and Armant.
- • Papers of Robert Newstead (1859-1947) regarding his excavations of Chester.
- • Papers of Winifred Susan Blackman, (1872-1950), regarding her anthropological research in Egypt
The Museum also holds the Institute’s photographic collections, including a large collection of lantern slides created by the Institute to be loaned out and used in teaching.