Man cutting Egyptian mummy bandags with scissors

Mummy Unwrapping Party 

Bart's Pathology Museum

The highlight of any society Victorian intellectual's calendar would have been an invitation to a private mummy unwrapping party, featuring a mummy excavated and shipped over from an archeological dig in Egypt.

With esteemed co-host, Egyptologist John J. Johnston, I hosted a rare recreation of a mummy unwrapping lecture. Thrills, spills and smells were all in abundance, as the bandages were cut open, and the remnants of ritual aromatics and embalming products revealed themselves to the audience. 

Images by Christopher Bethell for Broadly. 

Model lying down painted as Ancient Egyptian mummy
Ancient Egyptian mummy in front of seated audience
Tray of surgical implements for mummy unwapping event