Dr Melanie Pitkin

Among the most important objects in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Egyptian collection is the 21st Dynasty coffin set of Nespawershefyt and the 25th Dynasty coffins of Pakepu, both from Thebes. Recent intensive examination of the coffins undertaken by Egyptologists and conservators at the Fitzwilliam Museum in collaboration with an expert in historical painting techniques, an ancient woodworking specialist and a consultant radiologist has revealed unprecedented insights into the coffins’ construction, creation of the decorative programme and, as far as possible, the history of the coffins and their owners. This talk will share some aspects of these insights in detail, as well as introducing a new research project launching at the Fitzwilliam Museum as a result of this work.  


Melanie Pitkin is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Egyptian Coffins Project at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. She received her PhD from Macquarie University on the dating of Egyptian false doors and funerary stelae of the First Intermediate Period and previously worked for more than a decade as a curator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.  

This lecture is free to attend and no booking is necessary.