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Experiencing the Past: the Multi -Sensory World of the Museum 

Saturday 20th May, 10.00am - 4.30pm

Join Professor Joann Fletcher, Dr Katharina Zinn and Marie Woods, for a uniquely immersive experience exploring museum collections through the medium of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. Truly a voyage of discovery for the senses.  


You will be part of a small group of like-minded, curious individuals with a maximum size of 20 people. You will have special access to objects, getting up close and handling them as part of the day. The day will be led by three renowned experts in archaeology and history.


This all-day event will take place in the beautiful setting of Woodend, formerly home to the Sitwell family in Scarborough, now a centre for creative businesses, Crescent Arts, Scarborough Museums and Galleries, a gallery and café.


Woodend is a fully accessible venue.


Outline Programme (please note running order may change; the start and finish times below are exact, but other timings may vary slightly.)


10am Gather at Woodend for tea and coffee


1030am to 12noon Session 1 Professor Joann Fletcher


12noon to 1pm Lunch provided by Eat Me Cafe


1pm to 230pm Session 2 Dr Katherina Zinn


230pm to 3pm Break


3pm to 430pm  Session 3 Marie Woods


430pm Study Day Ends


Your Lecturers


Professor Joann Fletcher is Visiting Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, Lead Ambassador for the Egypt Exploration Society, patron of Barnsley Museums and Heritage, Chair of Trustees at Scarborough Museums and Galleries, and has been researching museum collections around the world – and around Yorkshire - for over 35 years. Professor Fletcher is a well-known TV presenter and has written and published widely on Ancient Egypt.


Marie Woods is Director of Heritage Adventures Ltd, a professional archaeologist,  and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Archaeology, University of York. She is a trustee of Scarborough Museums and Galleries. Along with Chris Hall and John Oxley, she leads the Scarborough Big Dig, an innovative community archaeology project that each year forms part of Big Ideas By The Sea festival.


Dr Katharina Zinn is an Associate Professor in Egyptian Archaeology and Heritage at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Wales, UK. Previously, she taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Swansea. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of material culture and materiality, heritage, gender, religion, art, identity, museums and memory using ancient Egypt as the civilisation which provides most of her case studies. She worked in and with several museums, so the Egyptian Museum of Leipzig University, Princeton University Art Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Her current project deals with narratives of tangible and intangible heritage around object biographies of un-provenanced museum objects. Katharina co-edited the monograph Exploring the Materiality of Food”Stuffs”: Transformations, symbolic consumption and embodiments (Routledge 2017) and has contributions to several journals and edited volumes, the latest being “Creation and conservation of Sacred Landscapes: Amarna and Abydos – keeping the spirit alive?” (In: R. Haeussler, E.M. Betts, G. F. Chiai (eds.). Sacred Landscapes: Creation, Manipulation & Transformation. Oxford: Oxbow, 2020. 297-310) and “The Museum of Lies: Incorrect facts or advancing knowledge of ancient Egypt?” (Journal of History and Cultures, 2019 – Special Issue 10: Myth and Magic: Interdisciplinary Readings of the Reception of Ancient Egypt. 165-190). She studied Library Science, followed by Egyptology, Media Science and Business at Leipzig University, Germany where she also did her PhD in Egyptology.


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