A closer look at the Rosetta Stone

Discovered on 15th July 1799 -or should that be re-discovered?- the Rosetta Stone has become the most visited artefact in the most visited museum in the UK. Of the nearly 6.5 million visitors the British Museum welcomed in 2016, you can bet that the vast majority of them came to see the Rosetta Stone. If…

Papyrus Museum, Vienna

The Austrian National Library is a wondrous thing, it really is. Not only has it given us a  unique museum about globes, a space to get our heads around a language but also a place to ponder Papyrus.  Papyrus may not be the most interesting of materials. Think about it, it’s just pressed leaves, which, if left…

Sunken Cities: Under the Sea

“The human world,” a friendly crab once warned, “is a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.” Words as true now as when they were spoken. The artefacts on display in Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds have been blissfully below the waves for over a thousand years, since the…

Museums in Books: The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy

After exploring how museums are portrayed in the movies,  I thought it was time to see what authors do with museums. Alas, Museums in Books is nowhere near as catchy a title as Museums and the Movies but I suppose it will have to do. To kick this new series off, I’m going to look at The Mystery of…

What’s in a name?

It’s all about the mummies at the British Museum. To be honest, it’s usually mostly about the mummies, but the Ancient Lives exhibition has really meant that these long-gone Ancient Egyptians really are centre stage. A celebrity endorsement didn’t hurt things either. You might have seen a certain Global Songstress wind her way around the galleries. …

Museums and the Movies: The Mummy Returns

Hands up if you’ve ever said “YOU MUST NOT READ FROM THE BOOK!” in menacing tones, just as someone was about to pick up a book. It is, of course, a warning from The Mummy (1999) about reading from the Book of the Dead. Even though it’s entirely safe to read from the book –…

Berlin Adventures: Neues Museum

So, we’ve come to roughly the mid-way point in my adventures in the German capital.  Rather than whizz to the other side of the city, we’re going to stay on Museum Island. It’s a whole island full of museums why would anyone ever want to leave? As we’re at the mid-way point, it might be…

Top 5 Animal Mummies

Yes, you did read the title correctly! Today I am exploring and revealing the top 5 mummified animals I have found in my adventures so far. We all know the Egyptians would mummify their dead, but not everyone realises that they would also mummify their animals too. There is lots of evidence to suggest that…

London’s Secret Museums: The Petrie Museum

“Dearer to me than all the rest of my curios are my Egyptian antiquities: and of these… I have enough to stock a modest little museum,” declares the staircase as it leads you up to the reception. But to whom are these numerous curiosities precious to? Well, that would be Amelia Edwards, the founder of…