Family Event: Paper Bead Making

12th Aug 2023
11:00  - 14:00
Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology

A painting of two people seated on stools working with beads

Drop in, no booking required

This fun family activity will explore the ancient skills used in the manufacture of beads, looking at the extensive collection of beadwork in the Petrie Museum. There are some 3,000 strings of beads in the Museum, including one of our Top 10 artefacts, the bead net dress.

Join artist Clare Sams and learn how beads were made using flat sheets of material rolled up to create round and cylindrical shapes for jewellery, garments and decoration.

Suitable for all ages and abilities. Colouring sheets will also be available for younger children.


Nina de Garis Davies, Stringing and Drilling Beads, Tomb of Rekhmire. Paper, tempera paint, ink, facsimile 27.5 x 62.5cm. Original from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Rekhmire (TT 100), ca. 1504–1425 B.C.

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