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KQ Virtual Private View: Extraordinary Stories from the Petrie Museum

9 12 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Extraordinary Stories from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology

This Virtual Private View, brought to you by the UCL Petrie Museum, will launch the Museum’s brand new entrance gallery and tell the story of the cast of characters who were influential in creating the museum including:

Amelia Edwards, Victorian writer and journalist who donated her collections and library along with funding to establish the first Chair in Egyptology in the UK, choosing UCL because it was the only university at the time to offer degrees to women.

Ali Suefi, the head-overseer of many teams of Egyptian ‘Quftis’ working to excavate Egyptian archaeological sites for Western researchers.

Violette LaFleur, UCL conservation student and volunteer, who almost single-handedly saved the collection from the World War Two bombs that destroyed her own home.

And of course, William Matthew Flinders Petrie; pioneer archaeologist and ‘father of pots’, with a complex legacy of eugenics research.

Join the curator, Dr Anna Garnett, and head of collection, Catriona Wilson, in this behind-the-scenes look at the Museum and the untold stories behind its formation, as well an exclusive preview of the hidden love story behind a newly acquired Pre-Raphaelite pencil sketch on display for the first time.

About the Petrie Museum:

Free to visit, the Petrie Museum is home to one of the most significant collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. This extraordinary collection tells the stories of the lives of ordinary people who lived along the Nile Valley thousands of years ago. Inside you’ll find papyrus and stone fragments inscribed with hieroglyphs; musical instruments and children’s toys; thousands of beads and amulets; ancient mummy cases and the treasures buried with them for the afterlife; and the oldest woven garment in the world: the Tarkhan Dress.

It is named after William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942), appointed in 1892 as first UCL Edwards Professor of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology. Over three-quarters of the material comes from excavations directed or funded by Petrie, or from purchases he made for university teaching.

The new entrance gallery was funded by the DCMS Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.


Our Virtual Events: 

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You do not need to download Zoom software in order to participate – there is a web browser version which works perfectly well.

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