PAIAM Members' Event - An Evening at Two Temple Place


PAIAM Members were invited to attend a networking evening at Two Temple Place on Thursday 18 February 2016.


About Two Temple Place:
Home to the Bulldog Trust, a charity founded in 1983, Two Temple Place is a spectacular neo-gothic mansion that showcases publicly-owned museum and art gallery collections from outside of London. The PAIAM event coincided with Two Temple Place’s fifth annual Winter Exhibition ‘Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt’ and included a tour of this very special exhibition.

Two Temple Place is one of London's architectural gems, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on Embankment. The house was designed for use primarily as Astor’s estate office by one of the foremost neo-Gothic architects of the late nineteenth-century, John Loughborough Pearson. Astor had emigrated to England in 1891 as arguably, the richest man in the world and no expense was spared when work began on Two Temple Place in 1892.

About the Exhibition:
'Beyond Beauty' was created by the Bulldog Trust in partnership with seven museums from across the country. Many of the artefacts on display came from the same archaeological excavations, seen together collectively here for the first time since their discovery by pioneering Victorian Egyptologists.

Rare surviving imagery on exquisite painted coffins, decorated funerary masks, delicate figurines and beautifully carved reliefs emphasise the importance of body image. Meanwhile jewellery, mirrors, hairpins, scent bottles and makeup provide an insight into some surprisingly familiar daily routines and the ever changing styles of the time. Through artefacts spanning over four millennia, from 3,500 B.C. to 400 A.D., visitors had the opportunity to see why Egyptians cared so much about transforming the way they looked and how our perceptions are influenced by the objects they left behind.

The museums who contributed to this exhibition: Drawn Bagshaw Museum (Kirklees Council), Bexhill Museum, Bolton Museum, Ipswich Museum, Macclesfield Museums, Royal Pavilion & Museums (Brighton & Hove) and Touchstones Rochdale.




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