Beyond Beauty Exhibition Celebrates Ancient Egypt

Two Temple Place Beyond Beauty

Cartonnage mummy case for the chantress, Shebmut. Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22 (945 – 715 BC).
Unprovenanced; Macclesfield Museum

Two Temple Place Beyond Beauty Exhibiton

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 30th January – Sunday 24th April 2016

Exhibition Opening Times: Monday, Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm

Wednesday Late: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 4:30pm, Closed on Tuesday

Where: Two Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD


Two Temple Place opens a new exhibition this weekend, Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt. Two Temple Place ‘s Beyond Beauty is a major exhibition uncovers the intimacies of ancient Egyptian civilisation.


Works travel us back in time to explore how they once lived and how they would die, placed to rest in exquisite painted coffins, decorated funerary masks and surrounded by delicate figurines and beautifully carved reliefs, according to the exhibition’s press release.


Visitors can admire artefacts spanning over four millennia, from 3,500 B.C. to 400 A.D., that give insight into their daily life like: jewellery, mirrors, hairpins, scented bottles and make up.


How will admiring these trinkets and items impact our perception of the Egyptians of that time? How does our perception of these items preserve, rewrite or distort history? These are thoughts that come to mind when artefacts becomes a manner in which to measure fact.


The range of artefacts showing come from the same archaeological excavations, but have been showing separately for decades (in Bagshaw Museum, Bexhill Museum, Bolton Museum, Ipswich Museum, Macclesfield Museums, Royal Pavilion & Museums and Touchstones Rochdale), in fact this will be the first time these items will be shown collectively since their discovery by Victorian Egyptologists. To support smaller British museums and promote the beauty of the rich culture, these artefacts were finally united.



Curated by Dr Margaret Serpico and Heba Abd El Gawad, PhD student in Egyptian Archaeology at Durham University (funded by Helwan University, Cairo) currently researching self-presentation in Ancient Egypt, Beyond Beauty exposes beautiful pieces to a bigger audience.


Serpico says, ‘The desire to unveil the fabulous objects held in these museums was borne out of a long term project to raise awareness of some of the 200 ancient Egyptian collections in the UK, many in regional museums. I have always been amazed by the many wonderful artefacts in these collections, objects that I wished could be seen by wider audiences. This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate these collections and appreciate how important it is that we care for and preserve them into the future.”

The exhibition opens to the public on the 30th of January and will be accompanied by a programme of cultural events for both children and adults including Egyptian folkloric storytelling, lectures, traditional Egyptian music and craft workshops, states the press release.


For more information click here