Head and shoulders of statue of Tutankhamun, wearing royal headcloth and false beard, parts missing

Event information

8 Dec 2022

17.30–18.30

Online event

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In this conversation, the curators of the British Museum display Tutankhamun reimagined will discuss the perception of the famous pharaoh in Egypt, today and in the ancient past, and the thinking behind bringing together ancient artefacts and street art for this display.

Tutankhamun's unexpected death, ending a short reign of around nine years (about 1336–1327 BC), limited his impact on ancient Egyptian history. However, the discovery in 1922 of his almost intact tomb transformed him into the most famous pharaoh of them all. The unprecedented find marked a turning point in our understanding of ancient Egypt, and the previously obscure king became a household name. A century after the discovery of his tomb, Tutankhamun continues to be a powerful symbol of Egyptian identity and a source of artistic inspiration.

This event is part of the public programme complementing the Asahi Shimbun Displays (Room 3) Tutankhamun reimagined (opens 1 December 2022).

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About the speakers

John Taylor

John Taylor joined the British Museum in 1988 and has been responsible for the redisplay of major sections of the Egypt and Sudan collections. He has published on Egyptian funerary practices, ancient metal technology and the history of Egyptology. Taylor has curated major exhibitions including Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead and Ancient Lives, which presented the results of the CT-scanning of eight mummies. He is currently working on a publication of the Museum's collection of Egyptian coffins from the 22nd–24th Dynasties.

Heba Khairy

Heba Khairy is an Exhibition Coordinator at the Grand Egyptian Museum, one of the most important cultural projects in Egypt. Her master's was in cultural heritage and site management, involving the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. In 2017 and 2018, Khairy took part in the British Museum International Training Programme and she is working with the Museum on the Tutankhamun co-curation project and on the Reimagining the British Museum Project.

Marie Vandenbeusch

Marie Vandenbeusch is a Project Curator in the Department of Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum, in charge of developing Egyptian touring exhibitions. She co-curated Ancient lives: new discoveries (2014) and is the lead curator of travelling exhibitions Pharaoh: king of Egypt and Egyptian mummies: exploring ancient lives. She has worked in various UK and Swiss museums. Her research interests include funerary and magical practices in ancient Egypt.

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Privacy policy

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