Family Event: Paper Basketry and Weaving

Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology
10th Feb 2024

Drop in from 11:00-12:30
Pre-book for a guaranteed place in the 12:30-14:00 session (booking available from 2 Feb 2024)

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

Black and white photograph of a selection of different woven baskets.

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology invites you to join artist and educator Clare Sams for a workshop on basket weaving, inspired by the collection.

Basket weaving is a craft that has truly stood the test of time. You can find several examples of it in the collection separated by thousands of years, and this craft can even be traced back to before the use of pottery. Basket weaving comes in many patterns using a variety of techniques and is made of tightly wrapped fibres such a palm leaves or halfa grasses. In this session we will be using paper and thin card to learn a few of the techniques used in this period. Come and try out some weaving and take your own basketry example home!

Read more about UCL research into weaving on the Researchers in Museums blog.

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 11:00-12:30 where booking is not required.
  • Bookable session from 12:30-14:00 (tickets on sale from 2 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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