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'Nu'Shabtis Liberation

'Nu'Shabtis Liberation

Date: 16-20 September | Time: 1-5pm | Location: The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free event | Age group: ANY

An exhibition by artist/archaeologist Zahed Taj-Eddin of Egyptian Faience – exploring technological aspects of this early ceramic material and using it to produce a massive Djed pillar, the largest faience object created since Pharaonic times, in addition to a whole phalanx of ‘Nu’ shabtis, come back to life. Ancient Egyptian shabtis were figures placed in tombs, to work for the deceased in the afterlife, but the ‘Nu’ shabtis assert their freedom, taking their own choices for life. The show features some 80 examples placed throughout the Petrie collection offering a contemporary take on their significance and forms the final part of Zahed’s PhD studies.

0207 7679 4138 | h.pike@ucl.ac.uk

Uncovering the Hidden Legacy of Ancient Egypt: An Early African Civilisation

Uncovering the Hidden Legacy of Ancient Egypt: An Early African Civilisation

Date: Tuesdays 23, 30 September, 7, 14 October and 4, 11, 18, 25 November | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £97 - to book email Jacinth at jacinth_cseppm@yahoo.com | Age group: Older teens and Adults

Everybody has heard of the Ancient Egyptians, but what do we really know about them?

The Biblical writers painted a picture of Ancient Egyptian life and culture, as did the Ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Orientalists, the Egyptologists, the Africanists and even Hollywood. In our modern age, we have all seen television ‘documentaries’ purporting to reconstruct this or that aspect of Ancient Egyptian life, but often with the Egyptians depicted as Europeans. How has this affected our ability to reconstruct the history of the pre-Arab and pre-European Egyptian culture?

This unique short course of eight weeks explores the history, culture and achievements of this ancient African civilisation. We show that there is ample evidence allowing a detailed reconstruction of this culture drawn from a wide variety of source materials.

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in partnership with Croydon Supplementary Education Project is pleased to announce the return of this evening short course, now in its fourth year. Robin Walker, author of the seminal When We Ruled, will be teaching this fascinating eight session program.

020 7679 4138 | jacinth_cseppm@yahoo.com

Gates to Egypt: Mapping Alternate Worlds

Gates to Egypt: Mapping Alternate Worlds

Date: Wednesday 24 September | Time: 6pm - 8pm. | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL | Price: Free. Book: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gates-to-egypt-mapping-fantastical-worlds-tickets-12316568187?aff=eorg | Age group: Any

Join James Kneale (UCL Geography) for a guide to mapping alternate London and creating gates that link the imperial metropolis to real and imagined visions of Egypt. Drawing on work such as Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates, we will explore spaces in which Egypt has entered London and offer ways of physically and virtually connecting Egypt to London. Participants will also have the chance to work alongside artist researcher Judith Brocklehurst to make an alternative map of London with real and imagined gates and tunnels into an Ancient Egyptian universe.
Doors open at 6pm, event starts 6.30pm

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Space Beads from Ancient Egypt: Making Objects from Meteorites

Space Beads from Ancient Egypt: Making Objects from Meteorites

Date: Saturday 27 September 2014 | Time: 2-5pm | Location: Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich, SE10 | Price: £5. Buy tickets via Royal Museums Greenwich: http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/events/space-beads | Age group: Over 16.

A joint event between the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL and the Royal Observatory Greenwich (Royal Museums Greenwich) on beads - over 5,000 years old - hammered out of pieces of meteorites in Egypt.

In a discussion, chaired by Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, ROG), Alice Stevenson (Curator of the Petrie Museum) will set out the ancient social context for these rare objects; Diane Johnson (Open University) will illustrate how these ancient beads were made and artist Matthew Luck Gulpin will show how he works with meteoritic material today. The discussion will be a followed by a closer look at meteorites in the collection of the Royal Observatory.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Dig ahead in Ancient Egypt with museums, archives and TV: Freshers' Welcome

Dig ahead in Ancient Egypt with museums, archives and TV: Freshers' Welcome

Date: 2 October | Time: 5-7pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: UCL Student

A chance to acquaint yourself with UCL’s very own museum of (almost) all things ancient Egyptian, join the Friends of the Petrie Museum at a discount price as well as get to know the Egyptian Exploration Society (EES), a unique resource for excavations in Egypt. Over a glass of wine, meet the staff who work at the museum and EES and find out about enhancing your CV through volunteer opportunities.

Chris Naunton, Director of the EES and TV writer / presenter, will also speak about his BBC and C4 documentaries on Ancient Egypt with an example documentary 'The Man Who Discovered Egypt' screened in the Pottery Gallery.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Treasure Hunt – Great Lives from Ancient Africa

Treasure Hunt – Great Lives from Ancient Africa

Date: Saturday 4 October | Time: 3-4.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: All ages – families welcome.

Join the hunt around the Petrie Museum to find the identity of famous and not so famous figures from Egyptian history. Can you find the object and work out the name? Prizes are to be won! Clues set by writer K. N. Chimbiri.

Register at museum at 3pm. The answers will be given out at 4.15pm


020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Black History Month: UCLU Event

Black History Month: UCLU Event

Date: Thursday 9 October | Time: 5-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free – book via UCLU website: https://uclu.org/whats-on/events-activities/black-history-month-after-hours-tours-of-petrie-museum | Age group: UCL Student

Tours on the hour (5pm, 6pm, 7pm) of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology with an introduction to the museum and why the collection of objects from over 7,000 years of Nile Valley history are so relevant for understanding Black History by K. N. Chimbiri. These 40 minute tours (approx.) are followed by a chance for a private view of the museum. Refreshments available.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Petrie Film Club presents Immortal

Petrie Film Club presents Immortal

Date: Wednesday 15 October | Time: Wednesday 15 October 6-8.30pm (Doors open at 6pm; talk & screening at 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. £5 donation requested. Book via eventbrite: http://immortal.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any

In 2095 a strange pyramid appears over New York City populated by humans and genetically altered humans, some of whom have secret powers. John J. Johnson introduces Immortal (2004, dir. Enki Bilal), a French produced film based on the comic book The Carnival of Immortals, which resets the Egyptian gods as space deities in the twenty-first century.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

David Barnett: Gideon Smith and Fantasy Egypt in Victorian London

David Barnett: Gideon Smith and Fantasy Egypt in Victorian London

Date: Wednesday 29 October | Time: 6-8pm. Doors open 6pm & talk starts 6.30pm. | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. Book via eventbrite: http://gideonsmith.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Over 16.

Join writer David Barnett in conversation on his Gideon Smith alternate history books. His first book in the series Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl takes the reader on a journey from Victorian Whitby to London down the Nile in Egypt where the reality behind Penny Dreadfuls and heroes of Empire becomes more clear.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

From Tomb to Life: Family Workshop

From Tomb to Life: Family Workshop

Date: Thursday 30 October | Time: 3-5pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. Book via: https://fromtombtolifepetrieworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Families (children 7-11 years approx)

Family workshop to explore our cabinet of curiosities, make your own museum object and bring it from a tomb to life at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology inspired by the new Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Afterwards, why not take a short break and then see the screening of the second Night at the Museum (2009) film after hours in the museum (separate booking essential)?

This event is part of Night at the Museum Mile, delivered by inmidtown. To celebrate the release of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, in cinemas December 2014, take part in the Night at the Museum Mile trail during October half-term (17-31 October). The more museums you visit, the more chances you have to win amazing prizes, including a trip to LA for you and your family. For more information and to enter the competition, visit http://www.museum-mile.org.uk/.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Family Film Night: Night at the Museum – Battle of the Smithsonian.

Family Film Night: Night at the Museum – Battle of the Smithsonian.

Date: Thursday 30 October | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. Booking essential via: https://petrienightatmuseum2.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Families / family groups with children under 14 only.

What happens in our museums after the doors close at night? Get an idea with a very special screening of Night at the Museum - Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

This event is part of Night at the Museum Mile, delivered by inmidtown. To celebrate the release of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, in cinemas December 2014, take part in the Night at the Museum Mile trail during October half-term (17-31 October). The more museums you visit, the more chances you have to win amazing prizes, including a trip to LA for you and your family. For more information and to enter the competition, visit http://www.museum-mile.org.uk/.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

The Gentlemen of Horror. Mr Cushing and Mr Lee

The Gentlemen of Horror. Mr Cushing and Mr Lee

Date: Friday 31 October | Time: 6-9pm. Doors open at 6pm and event starts at 6.30pm. | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £10. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gentleman-of-horror-tickets-12365831535 | Age group: Over 16.

When they first worked together in The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy, Peter Cushing was one of the most famous actors in Britain, while Christopher Lee was unknown.

For the next quarter of a century, these two killed each other again and again and became firm friends. As Christopher Lee became internationally famous, Peter Cushing gradually retired into a life of quiet obscurity. And yet neither quite lost their taste for blood...

Written by James Goss, Directed by Kate Webster and starring actors Will McGeough and Matthew Woodcock

Ticket price includes a glass of wine.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Petrie Film Club Presents Lucifer Rising by Kenneth Anger

Petrie Film Club Presents Lucifer Rising by Kenneth Anger

Date: Thursday 6 November | Time: 6-8pm (screening 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. £5 donation requested. Book via http://luciferrising.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Over 18

A rare opportunity to see Kenneth Anger’s avant-garde classic Lucifer Rising, filmed on location at Avebury, Luxor, and Karnak. The screening is accompanied by a talk from Ethan Doyle White (UCL) focusing on the film's underpinning occult themes, and the way in which Anger reflected the esoteric views of archaeology and Egyptology promulgated in the ideas of infamous British occultist Aleister Crowley.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Art Macabre Life Drawing

Art Macabre Life Drawing

Date: Weds 12 November | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaology | Price: Tickets £10 available from: https://artmacabrepetrie.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Over 18 years.

Join Art Macabre for life drawing in an artistic journey back to Ancient Egypt, to explore the beauty, power and potency of some of the Petrie collections most stunning objects.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Art Museum on Tour:  A Thousand Words at the Petrie

UCL Art Museum on Tour: A Thousand Words at the Petrie

Date: 20 November | Time: 6:30-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL | Price: Free, booking required https://thousand-words-uclam-petrie.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Adults

Join us to explore the longstanding relationship between creative writing and the visual arts.

Using the Petrie Museum’s rich collection of artefacts and works of art, participants will be led through creative writing exercises exploring rhetorical means to relate to art differently.

Free, booking required at https://thousand-words-uclam-petrie.eventbrite.co.uk

Part of UCL Art Museum on Tour season.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

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 and forward again with Roger Luckhurst (author of The Mummy’s Curse. A True Story of a Dark Fantasy) on occult mappings of London. A Friday night mini-festival with a range of activities from fortune telling with Astrampsychos, making 3-D postcards from 1890s Egypt and a 1880s to 1920s disco.
For more details see facebook Excavating Objects: Behind the Scenes at the Petrie Museum.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

The Archaeology of Lawrence of Arabia

The Archaeology of Lawrence of Arabia

Date: Saturday 6 December | Time: 2-5pm & 6-10.30 pm. | Location: Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL Wilkins’ Building. | Price: £5 for seminar and reception. Book via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-archaeology-of-lawrence-of-arabia-tickets-12316768787 | 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.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

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