This month’s talk was delivered by Dr Dulcie Engel, a lecturer at Swansea University and a volunteer at the University’s Egypt Centre.
Dr Engel told us that the first recorded museum was the Great Museum of Alexandria founded by Ptolemy 1 in 3BC. Attention was drawn to some of the treasures of our own Egypt Centre and other Museums containing Egyptian artefacts such as the Ashmolean (the first public Museum in the world founded in 1683), the British Museum and the Louvre. The latter housing Napoleon’s Egyptian collection which includes the Rosetta stone.
Cabinets of Curiosities became popular amongst the aristocracy and middle classes during the Seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Particular mention was made of the cabinets at Felbrigg Hall and Stourhead.