The Bio Bank has reached 700 mummies!

It’s always nice to report that we’ve hit another milestone in our quest to document animal mummies in museum collections, and this week we are pleased to have recorded our 700th mummy! Yesterday, Steph and I completed our recording of the mummies at the World Museum in Liverpool and today we visited Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.

Whilst at the World Museum, we finalised our list of objects that we hope will be incorporated into the exhibition next year and also discussed plans with the curator, Ashley Cooke, to transport some of the mummies to Manchester for radiographic imaging. We are really pleased with the collection and have identified some real ‘stars of the show’! We just need to return to the museum to record the mummies that are on public display which will complete the work to be done on the collection.

At Warrington Museum, staff had kindly removed three of the mummies from display to allow us to record them properly. It isn’t easy to take a proper look when artefacts are behind glass generally! Although this is a small collection of just four mummies, they had some really lovely examples which are apparently very popular with the visitors -something we always like to hear! Of course the museum has strong local roots, but we were really impressed with their commitment to displaying their Egyptian collection alongside zoology specimens, putting the animal mummies into context. They also have an Egyptian child mummy on display and a beautiful wooden coffin belonging to a female mummy who is currently undergoing conservation work.

The support of museums enables the Bio Bank project to continue to grow and we are ever thankful to the staff for their support and for accommodating our visits.

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