Research & Learning at the Petrie Museum
Appointments for individual research visits to the Museum can be made on Mondays, between 10:00 and 13:00, and 14:00 and 16:00, when the Museum is closed to the public.
Appointments can also be made available for UCL students on Tuesdays between 10:00 and 13:00, subject to staff availability.
Please note that due to limited space and staff availability, booking is essential. To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you contact us at least three months in advance to book an appointment as spaces book up very quickly. To arrange an appointment please contact Alice Williams, Collections Assistant and Anna Garnett, Curator.
A maximum of 10 objects and/or archives can be made available per visit. A precise list of requested objects, including UC numbers, must be provided at least two weeks in advance of your visit to allow Museum staff to assess the suitability of objects for study and handling. Please note that we reserve the right to deny research visits at any time.
If you wish to conduct Destructive Analysis on an object, please consult the UCL Culture Destructive Analysis Policy.
Current Research projects
Different Perspectives: Archaeology and the Middle East in WWI
The Petrie Museum is delighted to be have been awarded an Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the project Different Perspectives: Archaeology and the Middle East in WWI. the project will focus on researching the work of founding archaeologist Flinders Petrie and his students and colleagues to explore the topic of archaeology and the Middle East in the First World War.
The Petrie Museum welcomes school group visits on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12pm. There is no charge for this service. Pupils will normally have exclusive use of the museum. Visits are self-directed, supported by our Teachers' Pack, aimed at primary schools and available to download here. Each session begins with a short introduction to the collection by one of our visitor services team. Pre booking is essential and this can be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a set of downloadable Petrie Museum activities that can be used with primary school classes:
We also have a resource pack on Sounds of Roman Egypt that supports Key Stage 2 Music and History available to download here.
Free outreach sessions are available for schools that have a high number of disadvantaged students, as they are funded by UCL's Access & Widening Participation unit. In these workshops, our experienced museum education staff visit your classroom with a case of objects for a curriculum-linked hands-on workshop on the theme of Mummification. Please contact the Head of Schools Engagement to find out more or to book email@example.com
Digital Egypt for Universities
Digital Egypt for Universities is a free online resource for university learning and teaching, introducing all periods and themes of Egypt from the prehistoric to Islamic times, with 3D reconstructions of selected sites represented in the Petrie Museum.
Textiles in the Petrie Museum
Aimed at 14-16 year old students studying Textiles (English GCSE). Designed to support individual study. Can be used off-site.
- Download Textiles in the Petrie Museum (doc, 1.3MB)
A self-guided tour of the Petrie Museum to download.
- Self-guided Tour (PDF, 329KB)
ESOL Resources (English for Speakers of Other languages)
Depending on availability, we can book groups over 10 into the museum during our opening hours. Groups under 10 do not need to book. Booking outside of those times is limited but we will try and facilitate groups where possible. Risk assessments are also available.
Resources written by Meena Jadwani, Judy Joseph, Nadia Ibrahim and edited by Jamie Dicks and Debbie Challis.
- Previsit Information (pdf, 234KB)
- Cultural Diversity (pdf, 854KB)
- Everyday (pdf, 2.6MB)
- Islamic Art & Culture (pdf, 1.3MB)
- Worksheet: Islamic Art & Culture (pdf, 1.3MB)
- Timeline (pdf, 686KB)
- Tutors Notes (pdf, 374KB)
The Petrie Museum is also associated with UCL's Institute of Archaeology. The Institute offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including courses on the archaeology of Egypt and Sudan; museum and artefact studies and conservation; see prospectus. Students use the Petrie Museum and UCL’s other collections as part of their coursework, and for research projects.