Manchester Museum, stop trying to be the Catholic Church

visitors view the staute

It has been reported that a statue at Manchester Museum has been caught on camera moving, allegedly, on its own. The Manchester Evening News reported:

The 10-inch tall relic, which dates back to 1800 BC, was found in a mummy’s tomb and has been at the Manchester Museum for 80 years. But in recent weeks, curators have been left scratching their heads after they kept finding it facing the wrong way.  Experts decided to monitor the room on time-lapse video and were astonished to see it clearly show the statuette spinning 180 degrees – with nobody going near it.

The statue of a man named Neb-Senu is seen to remain still at night but slowly rotate round during the day. Now scientists are trying to explain the phenomenon, with TV boffin Brian Cox among the experts being consulted.

This is all rather silly, and there’s a much simpler way to solve this supposed “mystery” that will waste less time for all involved.

Move the statue off of a glass shelf and onto a solid surface. If it still moves then it’s something worth investigating, but I’m guessing it won’t move because, as experienced in museums and shops across the world, objects on glass shelves will often move because people walking around the display cause vibrations through the floorboards which resonate through the display cases or cabinets. Or, as suggested in the article linked to above by Prof Brian Cox, it could simply be a differential vibration.

Egyptologist Campbell Price is quoted in the MEN article inviting members of the public to go along to see the exhibit for themselves to see if they can solve a mystery.

What a shame a museum has to resort to hearsay about cursed statues spookily moving to attract visitors, like some kind of Catholic Church knock off. Will we have weeping statues and apparitions of the Virgin Mary next?

How disappointing.

photo: Manchester Evening News

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Hayley is a ghost geek and started to blog in 2007. She uses scientific scepticism to investigate weird stuff and writes about it here while also speaking publicly about how to hunt ghosts as a skeptic.

3 Comments on Manchester Museum, stop trying to be the Catholic Church

  1. Utterly agree – as University of Manchester* research staff I find it all deeply embarrassing. The spot from BBC North West tonight features a member of the museum staff uttering the immortal line “what’s to stay the spirit of this individual, Neb Senu, hasn’t entered the statue and that’s what is causing it to move.”

    * Manchester Museum is part of the University

  2. To be fair, with the Museum of Science and Industry under threat of closure due to funding cuts, maybe someone at the Manchester Museum thought that a light hearted way of getting more visitors through the doors might be a good idea. Maybe the wrong tactic but a novel cause? It certainly got some publicity…

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