The short answer is no.
Lots of people come here trying to find the answer to that question. This blog is now the number 1 search hit for “Bembridge Scholars official web site”. I think this is probably a sign that I should go on the record: I’m not them, and I’m pretty sure they don’t exist. I’ve written about why I chose the name here.
It should come as a surprise to noone that The Mummy and the films that follow it aren’t an entirely accurate portrayal of archaeology. The walking dead, curses and biblical plagues should be a hint. I find it fascinating that people care so much about whether the university featured in it exists, given the outlandish things that happen in these movies.
Everyone likes having a go at swashbuckling screen archaeologists. Generally the only thing that real archaeology today has in common with films is the number of insects you encounter.
Noone has ever found a mummy’s curse, but the history of archaeology is full of incidents you wouldn’t believe if you saw them on screen. A strong-man turned archaeologist is chased away from an obelisk by armed thugs. A bookish chap who spends his lunch hour translating inscriptions gets so excited by a discovery that he takes his clothes off.
The Bembridge Scholars aren’t real, but sometimes I think they may as well be. This is a place for me to think about the weirdness and problems of Archaeology, and try to combat some of the snobbery and elitism of the Bembridge Scholars. So come in and look around, if that interests you.