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Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL Manchester, United Kingdom
Collection Bites: The Book of the Dead
Monday 28 August
1.30 — 2pm
«The Book of the Dead» with Michelle Scott
The ancient Egyptian 'Book of the Dead' isn’t necessarily what we would recognise as a book today, it’s more like having all the answers to your final year exam … if your final year exam was death and the afterlife that is!
The best way to describe it is as a collection of spells and illustrations – these are all intended to help the person who owns the book make it safely from the Duat (the realm of the dead) into the ‘Field of Reeds’ (the Egyptian afterlife). No two copies are exactly the same – there are so many spells, or chapters, to choose from you never end up with the same collection in every version.
This talk unravels some of the history of the Book of the Dead, and takes a closer look at some objects that are inscribed with these spells.
Collection Bites are half an hour talks hosted by our Visitor Team every other Monday. Our Visitor Team are on the museum floor with our collections every day so are perfectly placed to give bite-sized introductions to our collection — with a bit of a contemporary twist.
Have a look at some of the stories so far on the Visitor Team blog: storiesfromthemuseumfloor.wordpress.com/
Collection Bites take place in the Collections Study Centre on the 3rd floor, and are free to attend. There is no need to book, just meet at reception 10 minutes before the start of the talk.