Fire damage at the Cuming Museum, Southwark

It is with much sadness that the Bio Bank team report that the Cuming Museum, Southwark, was damaged by fire on Monday 25th March. Newspapers report that firefighters were able to save around 500 artefacts from the blaze, some of which originate from ancient Egypt. You can view the article online at http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/priceless-egyptian-treasures-feared-destroyed-in-south-london-museum-fire-8549200.html.

We visited the museum in 2011 to document the mummified animals in the collection and a full radiographic investigation was pending.

It is still early days in the investigation of what happened and how much of the collection has been rescued. Our thoughts are with the staff of the museum at this time.

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