What is the future of public archaeology?

Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology, Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT
2nd May 2024
18:00  - 20:00

Watercolour painting by Sir Flinders Petrie. ©UCL/Mary Hinkley

Inspired by UCL students’ satirical take on the legacy of archaeologist Matthew Flinders Petrie through the 1923 revue musical ‘Flinderella: A Knight in Egypt’, this student-focused forum discusses contemporary radicalism in public archaeology.

What new ways are being utilised to engage groups in the archaeology of their localities? What can be learnt from a 101-year-old play to question societal norms surrounding archaeological practice that may still be pervasive today? What role do equity, agency and social justice play in public archaeology? Who are the arbiters of these narratives?

Expect a lively discussion following the presentation of three case studies on contemporary public archaeology.

This event is part of the Reimagining Flinderella programme.

Reimagining Flinderella

One century on, the Reimagining Flinderella project critically reimagines the forgotten show Flinderella: A Knight in Egypt, staged by UCL students to mark the knighthood of Egyptologist Flinders Petrie in 1923. What has become of it? And who else should we be singing about? Read more about the project.


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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