Mummy Stories is the first participatory project to invite the public, researchers and museum professionals to discuss human remains in museums around the world.
Mummy Stories is a multi-media platform where stories of encounters with human remains in and out the museum are shared. In 2017, (Your) Mummy Stories gathered individual encounters with Egyptian mummies. In 2018, Mummy Stories opens the discussion to stories of encounters with any human remains in museums, to create a global conversation and online community.
Mummy Stories is looking at human remains in museums through storytelling. We are interested in your personal stories of encounters with human remains in museums, or in the media. You can share your story or send any inquiry by emailing us.
Mummy Stories is collecting stories about human remains in museums. We use the definition of human remains as any body and body parts, including soft tissue and hair.
Mummy Stories was created in 2016 with a view to reshaping the conversation around human remains in museums. Initially focused on Egyptian mummies, it is now looking at all human remains in museums around the world, through storytelling and public engagement.
Dr Angela Stienne is a museum researcher with interest in the past and contemporary engagements with Egyptian mummies in and out the museum. She holds a PhD (2018) from the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. After a Bachelor's degree in Egyptology from University College London (UCL History & Institute of Archaeology) and a Master's degree in Museum Studies from Leicester, she submitted a doctoral thesis on Egyptian mummies in Paris and London between 1753 and 1858. Angela is passionate about sharing the modern and contemporary stories of mummies in museums worldwide and actively researches and formulates new ways to address issues surrounding the retention and display of human remains in museums.
She is currently Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (2018-2023) and Medicine Galleries Research Fellow at the Science Museum London (2019).