Family Event: Model Boat Making

Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology
16th Feb 2024

Drop in from 13:30-15:00
Pre-book for a guaranteed place in the 15:00-16:30 session (booking available from 9 Feb 2024)

Audience: This is an intergenerational workshop, suitable for all ages and abilities. Everyone is welcome.

Black and white photograph of an ancient wooden model of a boat.

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology invites you to join artist and educator Rosie Fuller to fold paper boats, decorate them with patterns inspired by pottery in the museum, and add sculpted bow and or stern with paper collage. Discuss theories around model boats and your own ideas about why they were made and take your paper boat home with you!

Model boats and related art are extremely important when it comes to understanding Predynastic Egypt, as they represent technology that has not survived in the archaeological record. Despite the important economic and symbolic role that boats are thought to have played in the Predynastic, no complete vessels have been found and archaeologists must instead rely on the art of the period to learn about their construction, size and function.

This workshop is part of UCL Museums & Cultural Programmes 2023-24 event series Architecting Futures from Past Traces, bringing together art, culture and research.


This is an intergenerational workshop, suitable for all ages and abilities. Everyone is welcome.


This event comprises of two sessions:

  • Drop-in session from 13:30-15:00 where booking is not required.
  • Bookable session from 15:00-16:30 (tickets on sale from 9 February 2024)*, please reserve yourself a space by booking one ticket per family group on our Eventbrite page.

*If you wish to book a slot earlier than this for access reasons, contact us at museums@ucl.ac.uk


There is step free access to the Petrie Museum via the lift in the UCL Science Library to the left of the Museum's main entrance. Further information about access at the Museum can be found here.

Finding us

The Museum is located in Bloomsbury, in the heart of central London. The nearest tube stations are Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City), Goodge Street (Northern Line), Warren Street (Victoria Line), and buses 18, 30, 73, 134 and 205 stop 3-5 minutes away on Euston Road.

Here's the location on Google to help you find your preferred route.

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