'Tahemaa Transformed'

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) is raising money for the preservation and refurbished display of their Egyptology collections and icon, the Lady of the House, Tahemaa, a 25th Dynasty Egyptian mummy.

Tahemaa was donated to the BNSS in the 1920’s but spent many decades hidden away from public view. Only in recent years has she returned to display. However, due to her age and condition she is actively deteriorating and swift action is needed to save her. Her surface is cracking and flaking due to an unstable environment, while exposure to UV light risks fading the pigment on her beautiful painted surface. In addition, there are many rare ancient Egyptian artefacts in the collection that need varying degrees of conservation and analysis, as well as more suitable display facilities.

The project Tahemaa Transformed aims to address all these issues. It will give Tahemaa specialist conservation treatment and a new custom-made display case to preserve her longevity. It will also upgrade the display and information facilities in the Egyptology room, making the collection more visually dynamic and accessible to visitors.

The Egyptology collection at the BNSS is one of the greatest on the south coast and with your support we can truly put it on the map!

We thank you for your kind donations towards the preservation of Tahemaa and these incredible collections.

Media updates

Please visit our Facebook page to see the recent BBC South segment on the new facial reconstruction of Tahemaa created by Vanessa Pearson, a 2019 Model Making graduate from the Arts University Bournemouth 

Recent visit from the BBC to the BNSS to see Tahemaa


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