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Petrie Museum awarded capital grant to transform visitor entrance

14 January 2019

Petrie Museum awarded capital grant to transform visitor entrance

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UCL's museum of Egyptian Archaeology is delighted to have been awarded £110,000 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Wolfson Foundation to transform the entrance to the museum.

Together with support from the Petrie Museum Endowment Fund, this grant will go towards creating a more welcoming and physically accessible space for visitors when they arrive.

The new entrance will provide an introduction to the world-class Petrie collection of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology, and celebrating the life and work of the museum’s founders, Flinders Petrie and Amelia Edwards.

Petrie (1853-1942) is often referred to as the Father of Modern Egyptology; he pioneered new scientific methods that changed the face of archaeology. However, his accomplishments would not have been possible without the support of a trailblazing woman, Amelia Edwards. 

In addition to funding Petrie’s work, Edwards (1831-1892) established the UK’s first professorship of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL, to which Petrie was appointed, and co-founded the Egypt Exploration Society. Her collection of Egyptian artefacts formed the basis of the Petrie Museum collection. 

This major redesign of the museum’s entrance, which starts later this year, will create a dedicated space to tell the story of Petrie and Edwards together at the museum for the first time.

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaelogy is one of the greatest collections of ancient Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. Home to more than 80,000 objects, it also hosts a rich programme of events and exhibitions in collaboration with artists and researchers.

Find out more about the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvements Fund here.