Visited on April 13th 2016.
Address: St Faith’s St, Maidstone ME14 1LH
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am–5pm
Sundays: 12–4pm. Mondays – Closed
Telephone: 01622 602838
Admission is free.
In 1855 Thomas Charles, a local doctor and antiquarian, left his collections of art and antiquities to Maidstone Borough Council. This museum contains over 600,000 artefacts and specimens. Its collections, housed in the centre of Kent’s county town, are amongst the most comprehensive in the South-East.
Photography is allowed and the Museum has a Café and Shop as well as cloakroom and toilet facilities.
The Egypt Collection
The star of our Egyptian Collection is ‘The Lady of the House, Ta-Kesh, Daughter of Osiris, Pa-Muta; her mother Lady of the House, Shy’.
This 2,700 year-old Egyptian mummy was brought to England in the 1820s. In 1843 it was opened by Samuel Birch of the British Museum, and a local doctor, HW Diamond, who made the cuts (still visible) in the skull and the abdomen.
Usually a mummy would have had an inner and outer coffin; only the inner wooden coffin reached the Museum in the 19th century.
The collection explores ancient Egyptian culture with an emphasis on their obsession with death.
Full details of the collection can be found: http://cornucopia.orangeleaf.com/html/search/verb/GetRecord/6723