Join is on Thursday 6 October, for a fascinating conversation with Dr Angela Stienne, about her new book Mummified which explores the curious, unsettling and controversial cases of mummies held in French and British museums. From powdered mummies eaten as medicine to mummies unrolled in public, dissected for race studies and DNA-tested in modern laboratories, there is a lot more to these ancient remains than first meets the eye.
Mummified investigates matters of life and death, of collecting and viewing, and of interactions – sometimes violent and sometimes emotional – that question the essence of what makes us human. Mummified: The stories behind Egyptian mummies in museums by Angela Stienne is available from the Museum shop.
About the conversant:
Dr Angela Stienne is a cultural historian, museum researcher and storyteller. In 2016 she created the website Mummy Stories, which aims to reshape the discussion around human remains in museums by collecting people’s stories of their own encounters. She also founded The Lyme Museum, a small independent online museum with touring exhibitions, exploring, sharing, and amplifying the voices of individuals with invisible illnesses and disabilities.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions via the ‘chat’ function at the end of the conversation.
All income from ticket and book sales goes towards supporting the museum.