The National Archives
Kew, TW9 4DU
The highlight of any fashionable Edwardian socialite’s calendar would surely have been an invitation to a mummy unwrapping party. Over glasses of sherry and neat gin, assembled guests would be treated to the site of their host cutting through the bandages of some unlucky mummy, revealing the ancient treasures concealed within. Just in time for Halloween, I’ll be recreating this unusual entertainment with the expert guidance of Egyptologist John J. Johnston and a guest “mummy” supplied by Art Macabre. You’ll learn how the mummies were obtained, what the astonished guests might have seen and what they might have smelled. The mummy unravelling will be recreated as part of the National Archive’s “Cabinet of Curiosities” evening exploring the Edwardian craze for all things Egyptian and occult. You’ll have a chance to explore the Archive’s collection of unusual objects and listen to expert speakers discuss Egyptian curses, witch trials, medieval sorcery and gravestones.
Your ticket price includes a drink on arrival to help you get into the Edwardian spirit.
* Please note that no actual mummies will be harmed during the event.