At the fin de siècle ancient Egyptian jewellery was all the rage, but some believed that these objects plundered from the tombs of the dead might confer bad luck upon their modern owners. First examining an often-overlooked trinket belonging to the celebrated literary luminary Oscar Wilde, this illustrated lecture examines the adornments of the Victorian and Edwardian elite, and the spiritual encounters with the ancient Egyptian past they called forth. Narratives where Egyptian jewels bring misfortune and death, including one tale by Bram Stoker, suggest that Wilde - along with those who met similar fates - should have treated their antiquities with greater caution. Might Wilde's downfall be attributed to his extravagant sporting of this ancient relic, while his friends kept their own antiquities safely under lock and key?
Eleanor Dobson is a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham. Currently, her work investigates representations Egyptology, literature and culture from the late nineteenth century to the 1920s in the wake of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.
Join us behind the bar as the group learns to make (& drink!) four classic cocktails with a Last Tuesday Society twist!
Jun 19th 2017 - Dec 31st 2017
Living Animals Invade The Wunderkabinett - Pet a Python, Fondle a Frog, Touch a Tarantula, cuddle a Chameleon & more in a educational display
Mar 3rd 2017 - Dec 31st 2017
An Interactive Illusion of the Greatest Kind + Victorian-era Cocktails to Pair
Oct 24th 2017 - Oct 24th 2017
Private View May 9th Exhibition May-September 2017
May 9th 2017 - Sep 30th 2017
A Lecture with Jonathan Allen
Sep 12th 2017 - Sep 12th 2017
A History of the British Empire Told Through Drink
Jul 11th 2017 - Jul 11th 2017
Join Master Storyteller Giles Abbott and just twelve guests around the Sarcophagus in Lion's Chamber of Our Museum's Wunderkabinnet for Monthly Storytelling evenings
Mar 12th 2017 - Jul 9th 2017
Join the reclusive Viktor Wynd on a journey into the bowels of the earth and his basement museum.
Jan 11th 2017 - Jun 21st 2017
Join Viktor Wynd, for a night of Tall Tales from The Brother's Grimm, The Arabian Nights or Ireland accompanied by a Glass of The World's Most Unusual Gin (& T)
Jan 24th 2017 - Jun 20th 2017
Paired with Navy Strength Rum
Jun 6th 2017 - Jun 6th 2017
May 16th 2017 - May 16th 2017