One of the aspects of Tetisheri that I’ve been working on recently is a directory of places for people to find some Egyptology around the UK. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been a little quiet, as I’ve been doing a fair bit of data collation. So far, I’ve uploaded just museums, galleries and other attractions that have Ancient Egyptian items in their collections, as I wanted to see how it was working before spending more hours on it. Next, I’ll be starting on a list of local societies across the UK.
Ever since the start of modern Egyptomania in the 19th century, the UK has had a close connection with Egypt and, rightly or wrongly, has amassed a huge number of Egyptian antiquities, in both public and private collections.
We now have numerous museum collections and local societies, as well as several universities offering courses and involvement in many archaeological missions over in Egypt.
Because there's so much going on, I've put this site together as a central resource for the UK Egyptology scene, as well as some other useful resources for everyone.
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Friday, 13 May 2016 was Light Night in Liverpool; a night when the city of Liverpool comes to life with family events, late-opening museums, libraries and galleries, and a whole host of arts-based fun. For the past two years, the Garstang Museum of Archaeology taken part in Light Night. Last year, they welcomed the Garstang Mummy back to the museum after a sixty-year sojourn in the Department of Anatomy. This year, Light Night was the opening night of the exhibition, Meroë: Africa’s Forgotten Empire.
On 15 April I hopped on the train to Manchester to see and photograph the ‘Animal Mummies: Gifts to the Gods’ exhibition at the Manchester Museum in its last few days. I also met up with Curator of Egypt and Sudan and my old university buddy Campbell Price to find out how the exhibition has worked out.
1 2 Two new UK conferences have been announced in the last couple of days; one in London and the other in Birmingham. Both looking to be very interesting. Current British Archaeology in Egypt 2016 9–10 July 2016 Organised by the … Read More
Dr Robert Connolly is an anatomist at the University of Liverpool who assisted with the anatomical work done on the mummy of Tutankhamun back in the 1960s as a grad student, and has carried out a significant amount of research on Egyptian mummies since then.
Back in May 2015, I went to listen to him speak about his research on mummies over the years, as part of the Liverpool Egyptology Seminars at the University of Liverpool. It was a fascinating talk, and he’s a wonderfully witty speaker to boot. He talked about Tutankhamun, in particular the conclusions he drew on the circumstances of his death, from an anatomical point-of-view (he concurs with the theory that Tutankhamun fell out of a chariot and was hit front-on in the chest by the following chariot).