The Pharaohs' Museum on Liberation Square

Image for The Pharaohs' Museum on Liberation SquareNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

imagine..., Summer 2011 Episode 2 of 5

Duration: 50 minutes

Alan Yentob visits Egypt's National Museum, possibly the most precious museum in the world, with its dust-covered collection of thousands upon thousands of priceless ancient antiquities.

The museum was caught up in the revolution on Cairo's Tahrir Square, standing right at the centre of the action. Its precious cargo was looted, and young revolutionaries formed a cordon around it to protect it.

The museum is the heart of Egypt, containing the key not just to the country's past but to its future, offering inspiration and hope. Alan discovers that the pharaohs were not the slave-drivers of Hollywood legend, and that 4,000 years ago there was another revolution, foreshadowing today's, and even a goddess of social justice.

With Omar Sharif and novelist Ahdaf Soueif.


Alan Yentob
Jill Nicholls
Jill Nicholls
Series Editor
Alan Yentob
Interviewed Guest
Omar Sharif


BBC Arts

BBC Arts

The best of British art and culture at your fingertips

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss