10 September 2020

Late lunch talk: Will the mummies still be there?

Join this free online talk to hear the story behind the Egypt gallery at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

The subject of Egyptology has probably never been more popular than it is at present. A constant stream of television programmes, new books, feature films and websites sustains our fascination with the ancient Egyptians and their culture.

As a result, for many people the words ‘ancient Egypt’ conjure up the same iconic images of pyramids, mummies and Tutankhamun.

When we started planning the Egypt gallery, we were well aware of visitors’ expectations. However, we wanted to try a different approach, one that would challenge stereotypes of ancient Egypt rather than reinforce them.

We chose Egypt as the gallery’s title because we wanted the emphasis to be on the people who lived, worked and died in the time and place we know as ancient Egypt.

Find out more about how the gallery project team researched, planned and created the gallery including how we chose the themes, selected the objects, the different layers of interpretation and our discussions around the ethics of displaying human remains.

Speaker: Jane Hack – Senior Engagement Officer (Formal Learning)

Jane has been fascinated by ancient Egypt since she was a child and was part of the core team that researched and developed the Egypt gallery.

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 10 September.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.

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