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 –…

Feeding Time.

Last Friday night, I was lucky enough to attend a swanky soiree for the alumni of my alma mater, complete with a drinks reception, a three course meal and a generous smattering of small talk. Most conversations went thusly: “So, what have you been up to since you graduated?” I was fortunate to spend most…

Halloween Special 2: The Curse of the Mummies

The early 1930s, London was gripped in the linen-wrapped thrall of a veritable mummy-mania. Rumours of mummy curses were rife and many of them, unsurprisingly, circling around British Museum. These things happen when you display lots of dead bodies. I wouldn’t be so keen on tourists and school-groups gawping at my corpse. There are two…

Oh, I do like to be beside the Seaside…

“How doth the little crocodile/Improve his shining tail/And pour the waters of the Nile/On every shining scale!” How doth he indeed, mused Alice soon after she ran after the rabbit. Lately I’ve been spending my time thinking about the Nile and Egypt in general, and in ancient terms specifically. Nothing too taxing, mind you. Starting…