Bolton's Egypt Summer Study Day 2024 - All About Mummification


A day of lectures and practical workshops

Bolton’s Egypt Summer Study Day 2024
“All About Mummification”

Saturday 13th July
9.30am – 6pm


With world leading mummification experts Prof Joann Fletcher and Dr Stephen Buckley, and Bolton Museum’s Curator Ian Trumble.

Prof Joann Fletcher           Dr Stephen Buckley


In this first Bolton’s Egypt Study Day “All About Mummification” we focus on two key strengths of the collection: mummification and burial textiles, featuring the work of the University of York’s Mummy Research Group. Co-founded by Dr Stephen Buckley and Prof Joann Fletcher who have been researching aspects of the Bolton collection with their colleagues for over 35 years, their discoveries include the world’s oldest evidence for Egyptian mummification based on the analysis of textiles in Bolton’s collection and the likely royal lineage of the Unknown Man, a mummified body housed within the Thutmose III burial chamber gallery.

These unique blend of lectures and workshops provides the opportunity to get up close and learn at first hand. Prof Joann Fletcher introduces the History of Mummification in the first lecture of the day, after which she will lead an Object Handling and Examination workshop with real ancient Egyptian objects from Bolton’s collection. Bolton’s curator Ian Trumble will lead a workshop on Mummification Textiles and Wrappings using digital microscopy and real mummy wrappings. Dr Stephen Buckley will lead a third workshop on Mummification Recipes and Mixtures, producing mummification resins using ingredients identical to the ancient Egyptians. He will round off the day with a lecture on the Science of Mummification followed by an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret.

The Study Day will conclude with after-hours wine, nibbles and chats with the experts in the Bolton’s Egypt galleries themselves.

CAUTIONARY NOTE: The study day deals extensively with human remains and aspects of death throughout. Attendee discretion is advised.


The Day’s Schedule

9.30am              ARRIVAL drinks and registration

10am                  Welcome and Introduction, with Ian Trumble

10.20am            Lecture 1 - The History of Mummification, with Prof Joann Fletcher

11.20am            Comfort Break

11.40am            Practical Session 1

12.30pm           LUNCH

1.30pm              Practical Session 2

2.20pm              Practical Session 3

3.10pm              Comfort Break

3.30pm              Lecture 2 - The Science of Mummification, with Dr Stephen Buckley

4.30pm              Film - Mummifying Alan

6pm                    FINISH

6pm- 7pm         Drinks Reception in the Bolton's Egypt Galleries


For the full details about the Study Day download the brochure here:

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£45       Full Day                            (Includes all lectures and workshops)

£10       Lectures Only

£5          Single Lecture


How to book

To book for the Full Day, Lectures Only or Single Lecture you can do so in-person at the Bolton Museum Shop, 1stFloor, Le Mans Crescent or you can book over the phone with your credit card by calling 01204 332211.


Cancellations and Refunds

If you need to cancel your booking the amount of refund will depend on the notice given. These are as follows:

Up to and including 15th June              100% Refund

Between 15th and 29th June                50% Refund

After 29th June and no-show                No Refund

In the unlikely event that Bolton Library and Museum Service cancel the study day you will be refunded 100% of the amount that you paid.


Supported by:

Egypt Exploration Society


University of York





Published: 15th April 2024