A Night of Pharaohs, Mummies and Tales of Ancient Egypt

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Around 300 visitors enjoyed hieroglyphic demonstrations, Egyptian make-up and dancing techniques, workshops on ‘shabti’ funeral dolls and do-it-yourself embalming sessions last Friday evening.  There was also a lecture by author and Egyptologist Joann Fletcher, and a bar!

"The programme of ‘Live Lates’ has been running for nearly three years, but this was the first at Weston Park, where staff felt the popular Secret Egypt exhibition, which drew almost 80,000 visitors before closing last weekend, would be ideal to launch the series for an audience who might have enjoyed the Night at the Museum film 10 years ago."

"Grace Brierley and Lucy Farmer, both in their 20s, were happily making Egyptian funeral collars and learning how to embalm, but although Grace had loved the museum as a child, she hadn’t been in for 10 years until she saw the Egyptian night on social media. 
“I think there should be more evening events like this. It’s been really interesting,” said Lucy."

"“I like the idea of coming to a museum when it’s closed – it’s exciting,” said Anokhee Parikh, who particularly enjoyed the embalming workshop. “I had to poke a hook into someone’s nose, mash their brain up and pull it out.” Her friend Lukasz Baranski agreed. “It’s been different to just going to the pub.”

To read the full article, see Sheffield Telegraph


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