Family Event: Origami Gifts

Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology
9th Dec 2023

Drop in from 11:00-12:30
Pre-book for a guaranteed place in the 12:30-14:00 session (tickets on sale from 10 Nov 2023 at 12.00 pm)

Photograph of an origami crane made from patterned, colourful paper on a white background.

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology invites you to join science-based artist Dr. Lizzie Burns for a family workshop. Learn the Japanese craft of origami and make a crane, a symbol for good fortune and longevity, for a loved one or even to decorate your tree this holiday period.

Why origami at a museum for Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology?

This year the Petrie Museum has been reflecting on its past; 2023 marks the 70th anniversary of moving into the Museum's current building, and is also what would have been Flinders Petrie's 170th birthday. As part of these reflections, the Museum is not only looking at the collection but also the stories and relationships that have contributed to its present. One of these stories relates to Kōsaku Hamada, a Japanese archaeologist from the Kyoto Imperial University who visited Britain in the early 20th century and was taught by Petrie. Hamada treasured this time so much that he gifted a Korean bronze mirror, engraved with a motif of a Chinese phoenix to Petrie, still in the collection today. This workshop sets out to continue the tradition of sharing and gifting, recognising the importance of cross-cultural relationships.


This workshop is suitable for ages 6+ but young children will need adult help. We will also have colouring sheets available for younger children.


This event comprises of two sessions:

  • Drop-in session from 11:00-12:30 where booking is not required.
  • Bookable session from 12:30-14:00 (tickets on sale from 10 Nov 2023 at 12.00 pm), please reserve yourself a space by booking one ticket per family group on our Eventbrite page.


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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