Buy Julia Thorne a cuppa

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It all started with a trip to the Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester as a child.

Even though I was looking at replicas, I remember being blown away by the beauty of the treasures we all know and love so well from the boy-king’s tomb; by that instantly recognisable, distinctive style that dominated the ancient Egyptian culture for three millennia.

Although I’d had a whole childhood of being taken to countless museums and heritage spots by my historian mother, something ignited in me that day.

Fast-forward a few years to my early teens, and to a trip to see the Lindow Man at Manchester Museum. Although the whole exhibition was fascinating, I was most struck by the Lindow Man himself. I remember just standing and gazing at him, captivated by him; by the fact that I was actually face-to-face with a real person from 2,000 years ago. It was an encounter that inspired such awe and respect in me, and a feeling of real connection with the past.

My love for all things ancient culminated in me moving to Liverpool in 2001 to study for a BA in Egyptology, followed by a postgraduate diploma. Having met my husband in my third undergraduate year, I decided to make Liverpool my permanent home.

Inspired by my husband’s photography, I got my first digital camera in 2013 and immediately fell in love with taking it on visits to museums to photograph objects.

To this day, I’m still hooked on the beauty, that wonderful style, that permeated both the lives and the afterlives of the Egyptians. I’m captivated by this fascinating culture, from the daily lives of farmers and craftsmen through to the complex religious beliefs and philosophical concepts. And since 2016, I’ve been living the dream, photographing artefacts for museums professionally. As a visually inspired person, when I photograph these amazing objects, it breathes the very life into me.

Unfortunately, many museums just don’t have the budget to have their objects photographed professionally. Buy me a Coffee enables me to use my skills to help these museums do just that. It also gives me the freedom to pursue even more projects, which I can share with you and show you these beautiful pieces in new and creative ways.