The Kingdom of Osiris is an atmospheric Egyptology gallery where dramatic lighting effects help to recreate the interior of a tomb.

About the exhibition

The Kingdom of Osiris Gallery

Discover this stunningly atmospheric gallery where dramatic lighting effects help you to imagine exploring the interior of an ancient Egyptian tomb.

  • Marvel at our very rare complete cartonnage mask, the face an Egyptian woman presented to the gods in the afterlife.
  • Find the mummified human hand and learn about the process to preserve the body after death.
  • Admire the jewellery, cosmetics, mirrors and containers the dead considered essential to accompany them into the next life.
  • Discover the sarcophagus of Ta-di-ta-nebet-hen with all its intricate and mysterious decoration.
  • Learn what ancient Egyptians ate, the textiles they wove, and how they recorded their lives.

A very popular Key stage 2 school visit is available based on this gallery where children can excavate genuine Egyptian artefacts and learn all about the art of mummification.

Yes, they did draw the brain out through the nose with a hook!

The mummy returns...

From January to April 2016, a major central London exhibition featured more than 40 rare ancient Egyptian artefacts from Bagshaw Museum, including two stunning funerary masks and the beautiful Stela (memorial stone).

These fabulous and unique artefacts have now returned to Batley and can be seen on display at Bagshaw!

'Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt' at Two Temple Place in London presented the ancient Egyptians at their most varied and spectacular, as well as glimpsing them at their most intimate and human.

The exhibition explored the day-to-day routines of ancient Egyptians and the importance of appearance in the afterlife. Exquisite painted coffins, funerary masks and mummy portraits were brought together with ancient mirrors, clothing, jewellery and beauty tools to reveal a civilisation fascinated by transforming their appearance in this life and the next.

The artefacts were gathered together for the first time ever from key collections across the UK, including Bagshaw Museum, in the magnificent surroundings of Two Temple Place, London.

You can see many of them right now at Bagshaw Museum, Batley.