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Worlds Collide: Fin de Siècle Fantasy Egypt

Worlds Collide: Fin de Siècle Fantasy Egypt

Date: Friday 28 November | Time: 6-9pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and Malet Place | Price: Free | Age group: Any

Jump from the 21st century back over 100 years, then back to Ancient Egypt through our Friday night mini-festival including a range of activities from talks and fortune telling to mapping Fantastical Egypt and a 1880s to 1920s vintage disco.

With themed food and drink to buy, including Traditional G&Ts and Specialty 1860s Egyptian Traveller Cocktails from The Travelling Gin Company, come and explore the collision of Victorian imagination with Egyptian myth and fantasy...

Vintage Disco
Led by our very own Miss Bibi Synthe, a Lady Victorian Explorer and Artiste who will take you through the steps and moves to the tunes of the 1880s to the 1940s, such as He is an Englishman, Oriental Strut, I’m a Mummy – An Old Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra has a Jazz Band and Egyptian Fantasy curated by Miss Amara Thornton.

Consult the Ancient Oracle – Tarot Reading with Renuka
Legend has it that tarot cards came to Europe from Ancient Egypt, a repository of ancient wisdom to guide us through life. Renuka reads this wisdom in the guise of a Victorian fortune teller, using her extensive knowledge of the cards with insight and humour.

Map Fantastical Egypt
What does fantastical Egypt in London look like? Are there portals to the past? Do you have a story about a place in London where worlds collide? Obelisks on the Thames, Anubis in Hampstead, Sphinxes in Sydenham. . .

Explore our Cabinet of Curiosities
Look though our stereoscope to see 3-D slides from 'Egypt Through The Stereoscope’ (1905). Spin the zoetrope to see the figures from ancient hieroglyphics brought to life. View the panorama to take a modern virtual tour of the Nile and its street view influences in London.

Esoteric Egypt in London
Come and hear from Professor Roger Luckhurst (author of The Mummy’s Curse. A True Story of a Dark Fantasy) on occult mappings of London.
Blood, Dust & Celluloid: Fantasy Egypt on British Screens
John J Johnston’s heavily illustrated talk examines British film and television's fascination with tales of Egyptian horror and fantasy set during the fin de siècle and its immediate aftermath.

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The Archaeology of Lawrence of Arabia

The Archaeology of Lawrence of Arabia

Date: Saturday 6 December | Time: 2.30-5.30pm & 6-10.30 pm. | Location: Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL Wilkins’ Building. | Price: £5 for seminar and reception. Book via eventbrite: | Age group: Any

The Petrie Museum / ASTENE / CBRL (Council for British Research in the Levant) presents an afternoon and evening exploring the legend of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. The afternoon seminar includes a lecture by writer and historian Anthony Sattin, author of new book Young Lawrence: a Portrait of the legend as a Young Man (published by John Murray October 2014), as well as historian and archaeologist Dr Neil Faulkner (Great Arab Revolt Project) on the archaeology of T. E. Lawrence’s guerrilla warfare.

After a short break there will be a drinks reception and Lawrence themed display in the Petrie Museum at 6pm, followed by a key scenes guide by Cathie Bryan (ASTENE) and screening of Lawrence of Arabia (1962) at 7pm.

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