Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Oh Mummy! Egyptology comes to the Brighton Museum

by Thomas Davies.

As an adventurous child with an overblown imagination growing up in dreary south Wales, one of my favourite movies was always The Mummy.
Disregarding flesh-eating scarab beetles and a burning crush on Rachel Weisz, the tangible connection to a rich history, an overtly religious lifestyle and the country’s inspiring landscape contributed to the romantic and mystical appeal of ancient Egypt.
These elements have been transported from north African origins to now stand beautifully displayed at a Brighton Museum and Art Gallery exhibition in the Pavilion Gardens, thanks to the work of Brighton-born Egyptologist Francis Llewellyn Griffith (1862-1934). 

A diverse array of jars, jewellery and gold fragments illustrate the domestic and the decadent in the time of the Pharaohs and provide points of interest for young and old alike, while zany examples of animal mummification are also on show to delight and repulse in equal measure.
The nonsensical nature of Egyptian hieroglyphics may hold particular resonance with people bamboozled by the complexities of shorthand, but these are made clear by the wide-ranging information boards scattered throughout the exhibition.
The intricacies of Egyptian life, from daily chores to religion and the afterlife, are presented through a number of detailed displays that incorporate genuine relics to wow grown-ups and interactive aspects simultaneously to provide fun and learning for children.
Video clips, audio guides and flip-boards explain everything from how people of the age made pottery and tools to why they were embalmed with their sandals in an engaging way.

Plus, every kid loves a Mummy, right?
The Ancient Egypt gallery is ongoing at Brighton Museum and information can be found on the website.

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