Suggest an evening that involves wandering round an old fashioned museum with a glass of wine and I am probably already interested – but throw in allusions to Dr Who and various other science fiction shows and we have a near certainty that I’ll want to turn up.

Last night, the delightful old Petrie Musuem in central London tried out a “trail” written by written by Dr Who books author, Simon Guerrier.

Simple idea – various aspects of how ancient Egypt were co-opted by sci-fi writers and used as props within their stories – demonstrated by suitable artifacts in the museum that were closely (or not) linked to the underlying story.

A DVD of the Pyramids of Mars was being played in one of the rooms, where incidentally they also show late-night horror films on occasions.

Although most of the “trail” was devoted to Dr Who, Stargate got mentions, as did various other sci-fi shows I am less familiar with.

The big surprise for me though was to learn that the helmets worn by pilots in the original version of Battlestar Galactica were directly modelled on the headdress worn by Egyptian Pharaohs, right down to a variation of the uraeus on the front.

Overall, a very enjoyable hour in one of my personal favourite museums – and hopefully they will repeat the event (or similar) in the future.

Diamond Geezer also seems to be quite keen on the museum.

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One comment
  1. Terence Eden says:

    Thanks for pointing this out. Had a wonderful time there. Very odd to be looking at jewellery depicting Sutekh while listening to him on the Pyramids of Mars DVD.

    Museum was wonderful – it constantly amazes me how many good small museums (musea?) there are in London. I only wish the tour had been laid out a bit better. It was either follow the printed guide and traipse back and forth, or wander around scrabbling with a bit of paper to see what the sci-fi connection was. A minor grumble.

    T

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