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Seventy Years in the Stables: The Petrie Museum of Egyptian & Sudanese Archaeology

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place, London, Greater London, WC1E 6BT

Join our museum curatorial team for a talk celebrating seventy years of the Petrie Museum in its current location at University College London. Discover surprising stories and the history of the characters behind our collection.

The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. We showcase life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman, and Coptic periods to the Islamic Age.

This event will comprise a 30-minute talk by our museum curators alongside the opportunity to view archival material and archaeological ephemera not usually on display, as well as free viewing of the museum spaces after hours.

The curatorial talk will explore the history of the 1953 Flinders Petrie Centenary exhibition, when the Petrie Museum opened in its current (temporary) premises after the Second World War. Placing the Petrie Museum in the context of 1950s Britain and Egypt, and post-war UCL, we will tell the story of our ‘emergency accommodation’ in a university stable block. The place that is still our ‘temporary’ home! Our curatorial team will also be exploring recently uncovered stories from our museum archive.

Join us for this exclusive event and discover the fascinating story behind one of the world’s largest Egyptology collections.

This event took place in September 2023 and the entry is now archived.

Organised by

UCL Museums & Cultural Programmes

Date last modified: 10th August 2023 at 15:51