Friends' Events

Back with renewed vigour after a wonderful hot summer, we open our autumn season of friends' events with a private tour and a lecture on one of the most unique parts of the Hermitage collection.


Private view and tour:

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD
Tuesday, 9th October: 9.00 am

17 July 2018 was 100 years since the execution of the Romanov family and Russia's last monarch. The exhibition at the Science Museum features rare artefacts never seen on public display in the UK, including Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna's maternity dress from The State Hermitage Museum. It explores the significant influence of medicine on the private lives of the imperial family during this period and the advances in medicine and forensic science more than seventy years later that transformed the investigation into their disappearance.
Rare artefacts, including the family's personal diaries, private possessions and jewellery found at the scene of their murder, and an Imperial Faberge Egg will help to illustrate the personal lives of Nicholas II and his family.
Join us for a private tour of this interesting exhibition which through modern forensic analysis sets out to piece together the events of their final hours.

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Visiting curator from The State Hermitage Museum

Monday, 29 October 2018 : 7.00 pm

Svetlana Pankova is a Senior Research Fellow and Curator of the Siberian Collections at the The State Hermitage Museum and is currently making a detailed study and re-evaluation of the Siberian burials of the 4th to 3rd centuries BCE.  She will speak about her research and the latest findings.

In 1902 a shepherd accidentally fell into a tomb at a place called Oglakhty in the present-day Khakasia region of southern Siberia. Excavations quickly followed and revealed a series of subterranean tombs built like small log-cabins. Some contained spectacularly preserved organic materials, including fur coats, wooden bowls, Chinese silks and spectacular painted plaster masks adhering to the faces of the mummified dead. Next to the bodies were life-size mannequins made from grass, wrapped in leather and dressed in human clothes. The dating of the cemetery has been controversial, ranging from the first century BCE onwards, and the interpretation of the finds has also given rise to much discussion.

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