After Hours: Gifts for the Gods
Thursday 25 February
Manchester Museum. Drop-in, free, adults
A vibrant and eclectic evening where you can meet the curators, mummify some oranges, enjoy a glass of wine and much more.
Join Drs Stephanie Woolham, Lidija McKnight and Campbell Price as they rewrap a mummy, print a poem or hieroglyphic message to send to the gods or take a journey through the catacombs in the ‘Gifts for the Gods’ exhibition.
The University of Manchester is synonymous with the historic unwrapping of Egyptian human mummies. In a reversal of these events, as a way of learning more about how mummies were wrapped, rather than preserved, a public ‘re-rolling’ of an experimental animal mummy will take place. Manchester-based researchers and curators will work together with the view to answering the question – how easy is it to wrap a mummy? – and how long does it take?
Re-rolling a mummy
6:15-6:30 – Opening and introduction
6:30-6:45 – Poetry reading with Anthony Parker
6:45-9:00 – Re-rolling a mummy
6-9pm Drop in activities to explore and enjoy
‘Mummy Auction TV’ by iOrganic
Let curious performers iOrganic transport you back to 1890 through ‘Mummy Auction TV’: a fusion of historical fact and surreal modernity. This Victorian auction ‘TV programme’ puts the decision in your hands. How much would you pay for mummified cat furniture or Mummified Cat(tm) health food supplements? Have your say in this interactive performance. Every bid counts!
Ceramic demonstration by Pascal Nichols
Local Manchester ceramicist Pascal Nichols will be making a clay pot to house an ibis mummy, demonstrating the coiling technique used by the ancient Egyptians.
Textile printing with Sally Gilford
Manchester-based textile artist Sally Gilford introduces visitors to the screen print technique, to immortalise poems and hieroglyphic prayers.
Drop by to mummify an orange and create an animal head in the form of a suitable Egyptian deity.
With music by The Music Curators