Hello world! Welcome to Ancient Egypt Heritage

My name is Tara Draper-Stumm. I’m an art and architectural historian who has worked on preserving London’s heritage for over two decades. For some mad reason I thought undertaking another MA in Egyptology would be fun. Like many people across the globe, I’ve been fascinated by Egypt since I was a little girl. I’ve read about it, visited Egypt on numerous occasions, and always want to learn more about Egypt.

Detail of British Museum Sekhmet EA 87, showing rosette and dress. Kelvingrove Museum. Courtesy of Trustees of the British Museum
Detail of British Museum Sekhmet EA 87, showing rosette and dress. Kelvingrove Museum. Courtesy of Trustees of the British Museum

So, I’ve gone crazy and have an embarked on an MA – little did I realise how much work it would be!  I’ve just finished my first year and I’m about to start researching my dissertation. My proposal is to investigate a series of  statues of the goddess Sekhmet which are in the British Museum – if you live in London or the southeast and have never visited the BM, you really have to go. The BM is one of the greatest museums in the world, where you can literally visit the whole world in 1 day (if you walk fast enough!).

So, as I work on my research, I’ll be updating this blog with my adventures – as I travel into the British Museum’s storerooms, to Egypt, to libraries, archives and museums in search of information. Follow me as I try to work out the what, when, and why of these fascinating statues and help me to spread information about my research to Egyptologists, students and Egypt enthusiasts.

Join me on this adventure!

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