The oldest museum in Wales, Swansea Museum first opened its doors in 1841, little wonder Dylan Thomas fondly described it as a “museum that should be in a museum”.
Whilst closed due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, Swansea Museum is publishing a series of blogs, drawing on objects in its collection, to tell interesting stories of Swansea’s people and places.
Swansea Museum was established by the Royal Institution of South Wales to provide a suitable venue to further knowledge and understanding of science, technology and history. Now managed by Swansea Council, the museum proudly continues with that mission today.
Ever visited Swansea Museum? If so, you’ll be familiar with the mummy, but do you know the Egyptian’s name? The mummy at Swansea Museum has been identified as Hor, a clothier priest and scribe of the god Atum. His daily duties in the temple were to change the clothing on the holy statue of the god. Hor lived in Akhmim in upper Egypt between BCE 250 and 200, during the Ptolemaic dynasty and was named after the god Horus.
The Mummy Room at Swansea Museum #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA