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Mummy Dearest

Stuart Bailie | 02:11 UK time, Thursday, 15 October 2009

I had a peek at the Ulster Museum renovation a couple of weeks ago, and it looks well. They've created more space out of the same basic footprint and have tamed some of the peculiarities of the old, mutant bolt-together. The entrance feels more inviting, there's less of the torrid concrete and there are some spectacular pieces in the central lobby.

mummy2.jpgI'm not disposed to say much more, other than the fact that Takabuti, the essential mummy, is given more space and context. Which means that many future generations of kids will be royally frightened by her style. In one cabinet, there was a blacked-off exhibit, which will soon reveal how modern technology has recreated her actual features. It's all coming to BBC NI on the documentary, Show Me The Mummy. I'm keen to see.

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