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Refilling the well – aka Tut!

Kate HardyI’ve had the most wonderful weekend in London. The tickets had been booked for months and months – and on Saturday I went to the Tutankhamun exhibition with my best friend. I went with her (and my husband and kids) when it was at the O2 about 10 years ago, and I went to the British Museum one in 1972 (I was very small and don’t remember that much of it, but it’s definitely where my fascination with Egypt started).

This one was spectacular. And fascinating. And we got to see things that hadn’t been out of Egypt until this particular ‘world tour’.

Bits I loved most? (Apologies; this will be a bit pic-heavy!)

The reed stylus case, a linen glove (3500 years old and in wonderful condition), and a vessel used in the ‘opening of the Mouth’ ceremony that was apparently shaped like its hieroglyph.

Statues, large and small. (The middle one is the guardian statue and it had obsidian eyes.)

Details – the drawing and lion on a bow case, and look at the toes on this statue!

It was absolutely fascinating. I learned that the Egyptians used boomerangs for hunting (waves to my Aussie mates – I couldn’t believe it, either, but there were 3500-year-old boomerangs in front of me). I learned that the Egyptian week had 10 days instead of 7. I learned how canopic jars worked, and how mummies were put together – not just the wrapped mummy, but all the layers on top of that.

Obviously *the* mummy case wasn’t there (too fragile), but the rest of that layer was exhibited. The gold etc was impressive, but I found the art around it much more interesting. (I would’ve liked more on the medical stuff, but sadly…)

DB09A4C6-2824-4CA6-BB5F-AD2B02389951It’s also very topical for me, because my latest book features an archaeologist — and although it’s not a medical, it kind of is because it’s an amnesia book. (And because it’s my first amnesia story, and because I’m interested in the medicine behind it… you can guess where this is going! Anyway, One Night to Remember is out now. (If you’re interested in Egypt, Regency England, the Roman baths, or cello music, this is totally up your street.)

So my question for you is – what’s the most memorable exhibition you’ve ever seen?

8 thoughts on “Refilling the well – aka Tut!”

  1. HI Kate!, Great pics. I remember seeing the Egyptian stuff at the British Museum many years ago and being utterly impressed. I think the one exhibit that has stuck with me the most though was the trench experience at the Imperial War Museum in London. It was so very real it was eerie.

  2. The Tut exhibition – in Cairo, in 1962!!! Stunning. Even as a small child I was overawed by it, and by the sheer hugeness of the pyramids and the Sphinx. And the crazy camel ride 🙂
    Sounds as though you had a wonderful time. I’m super-jealous! Thanks for the photos. Gorgeous.

  3. Hi Kate

    Oh those photos are fabulous and the new book sounds awesome, I have never been to an exhibition I think I should make time to go to one 🙂 it must be so interesting to see all of those precious things.

    Have Fun


  4. Great photos. I love Egypt too.

    I think the most memorable exhibit for me, is small and kind of Canadian local. My father had started talking about his heritage being Metis. Something he had to hide to prevent being taken away from his family. In 2017 when I was in Alberta and the Northwest Territories I connected with a Metis historian, who happened to be reenacting at Fort Edmonton as a voyageur. We got talking and talked for 2 hours. He was very helpful explaining everything to me and told me to go to St. Albert, which was just north of Edmonton to a museum to buy these two books about my father’s culture.

    In the course of my father and his family hiding who they were they lost their culture. The museum was small, but incredibly helpful.

    And as I looked through the exhibits I stumbled upon this photograph of this woman who was a Metis phone operator in the town during the 20’s or 30’s. I was staring into a face very similar to my grandmother.

    It wasn’t her, but she could be a dead ringer for her. I took a photo of the photo and sent it to my Dad. He was SO shocked that the woman looked so much like his mother, even in dress and hairstyle. That was definitely a memorable museum trip for me.

  5. I’m completely fascinated with Egypt too. I went to the O2 exhibition twice lol Believe it or not that must have been twelve years ago because I was with my mum, who took ill not long after. Really love the sound of your new book . *Runs off to buy*

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