Leicester academic helping to create prestigious £500 million museum dedicated to the story of the Bible

Posted by pt91 at Oct 17, 2014 09:30 AM |
Professor Gordon Campbell is a lead consultant on Museum of the Bible based in Washington DC
  Leicester academic helping to create prestigious £500 million museum dedicated to the story of the Bible

A rendering of the heart of Museum of the Bible’s Impact floor, which is dedicated to the influence the Bible has had on our world. (Photo credit: C&G Partners)

Professor Gordon Campbell, from the University’s School of English, is playing a pivotal role in the creation of a £500million ($800million) institution based in Washington DC, USA, devoted solely to one of the most prominent religious texts ever written.

Construction of the unique historical project, telling the story of a book, will begin this autumn and will stand just two-miles from the White House. It is due to open in autumn 2017, and will be called the Museum of the Bible.

The 430,000sq-ft museum will be housed in a building that will have eight floors. There will be three floors of  primary exhibits, each approximately 40,000 sq-ft, dedicated to the Bible's history, its narrative and the impact it has had on the world using a variety of hi-tech, interactive and immersive experiences for visitors of all ages.

It will also feature a small selection from more than 40,000 Biblical artefacts and manuscripts, and its creators have said it will have non-sectarian, scholarly approach.

Among the exhibits, which include the personal Bibles of people such as Elvis and Johnny Cash, will be a walk-through replica of the town of Nazareth as it would have been in Jesus’s time.

Professor Campbell is an expert on the King James Bible and a specialist in 17th century and Renaissance studies He  has been tasked with overseeing sections of the museum focused on Biblical archaeology and the book's history.

The project is being funded by American billionaire David Green, founder of a chain of arts and crafts stores in America.

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