THE MUMMY RETURNS…
To celebrate the relaunch of its popular Kingdom of Osiris gallery, Bagshaw Museum in Batley is holding a special day of all things ancient Egyptian on 31 May 2016 with several events to book onto.
The chamber which contains the wooden coffin of Ta-di-ta-nebet-hen has been repainted and relit to give the impression of entering an ancient painted tomb.
Also, there will be new objects on display in the gallery including two funeral mask which have just returned from being on loan to ‘Beyond Beauty’, a major exhibition in London. The masks have not been on display in Batley before.
Daytime events for all the family
The fun day will give people the chance to see and experience how ancient Egyptians dressed, sample what they ate, have their face painted with the traditional heavy black eye-liner, write hieroglyphics on papyrus paper and learn about mummification – and perhaps even be mummified!
There are two sessions – 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm – and the cost, including all activities and materials, is £5 per adult and £2.50 for children 5-16years (under-5s free).
In the evening, Dr Margaret Serpico, a consultant Egyptologist who curated the nationally acclaimed ‘Beyond Beauty’, will be giving a lecture on Bagshaw Museum’s Egyptian collection.
Dr Serpico made several trips to Bagshaw Museum during the process to select objects for ‘Beyond Beauty’ and so impressed was she by the museum and its collection that, as a reciprocal gesture, she has offered her expertise to give this one-off lecture.
She will highlight some of the important objections in the collection and also explain how Amelia Oldroyd, a local mill owner’s daughter from Dewsbury was instrumental in bringing artefacts to Kirklees from early archaeological excavations in Egypt.
‘From Egypt to Dewsbury’ starts at 7pm and is free to attend.
Places need to be booked for both the day and evening event and can be booked by contacting Bagshaw Museum on 01924 324765.