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Characters and Collections Exhibition

Characters and Collections Exhibition

Date: 1 July 2015 – 25 January 2016. | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Any

“A Petrie dig is a thing with a flavour of its own: tinned kidneys mingled with mummy-corpses and amulets in the soup…” T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) in 1912.

Meet the characters whose lives became caught up in the discovery, care and rediscovery of the collections in the Petrie Museum on its one-hundredth anniversary. Characters and Collections tells the story of famous archaeologists as well as those hardly known who helped excavate the objects in Egypt and then lovingly looked after them in London. Petrie influenced generations of archaeologists, such as Howard Carter:

“Petrie’s training transformed me, I believe, into something of the nature of an investigator, [teaching me] to dig and examine systematically” (Howard Carter 1892)

Personal stories are displayed with pertinent, and often surprising, objects to bring the formation of this world-class museum to life.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Lunchtime talk: Flaxman Collection

Lunchtime talk: Flaxman Collection

Date: Wednesday 8 July | Time: 1pm-2pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: All

Dr. Eckart Marchand, Assistant Archivist at the Warburg Institute, will deliver a talk on the function and status of Flaxman’s drawings from 1pm-2pm.

To book please go to popupdisplaysjuly2015.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Pop-Up display: Flaxman collection

Pop-Up display: Flaxman collection

Date: 8 July | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: All

Join us on Wednesday 8 July for a Pop-Up display of prints, drawings and plaster casts by the artist John Flaxman (1755-1826). The Flaxman Collection at UCL contains the largest single group of works by Flaxman, and includes plaster models, drawings and prints. Flaxman was acknowledged as the the leading sculptor in England during his lifetime and achieved an international reputation. His sculptural work ranged from gigantic monuments celebrating the live of national heroes such as Horatio Nelson, to modest and touching memorials for ordinary people.

To book please go to http://popupdisplaysjuly2015.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Empire of the Ants (1977)

Empire of the Ants (1977)

Date: 8th July | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Described as a cross between Love Boat and Jaws the Grant Museum of Zoology Film Club presents EMPIRE OF THE ANTS. With a star studded cast that includes Joan Collins and Robert Lansing, Empire of the Ants presents a world where these insects have grown to gigantic proportions and enslaved the human race. Join Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain who will introduce the film. You’ll never look at ants in the same way again. The film is followed by a free drinks reception in a private view of the Museum.

This event is free, there is no need to book

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

What's that Object?

What's that Object?

Date: Thursday 9 July | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Any

Private View of the centenary exhibition with a chance to test your wits against our in-house UCL experts around some unknown objects.

http://petriewhatsthatobject.eventbrite.co.uk

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Pop-Up display: Slade artists' collection

Pop-Up display: Slade artists' collection

Date: 22 July | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: All

Join us on Wednesday 22 July for a Pop-Up display of work by artists who have studied and taught at the Slade School of Fine Art. The UCL Art Museum collections have always been used as teaching and reference collections for students at the world famous Slade. We have an amazing array of prints, drawings and paintings from artists including Dora Carrington, Gwen and Augustus John, Winifred Knights, Stanley Spencer and Paula Rego. So come along and take inspiration from their works as they found their creative footing in the boxes of prints and drawings from our collection.

To book please go to http://popupdisplaysjuly2015.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Petrie Museum Score Cards: Family Fun

Petrie Museum Score Cards: Family Fun

Date: Tuesday 27 July - Saturday 30 August | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - drop in! | Age group: Family (cards aimed at 7-12 years old)

Pick up a pack of Petrie Museum centenary cards and a trail throughout the school holidays. Try to score the most amount of points in your group by spotting objects and people in the collections and centenary exhibition. Keep an eye on the website for additional events.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Petrie's War: World War One at Home and in Egypt

Petrie's War: World War One at Home and in Egypt

Date: Thursday 10 September | Time: 6-8pm. Doors open at 6pm, talk begins at 6.30pm. | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - Book via: http://petrieswar.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any

At 61 years old, Flinders Petrie tried to sign up to fight in 1914 but was turned away. This interactive talk explores what this archaeologist did during the war and what was happening in his beloved Egypt.

Image © Australian War Memorial

Book via: http://petrieswar.eventbrite.co.uk

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Al-Saddiq  Al-Raddi: Poetry Book Launch

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi: Poetry Book Launch

Date: 24 September | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (& Malet Place) | Price: Free - book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/al-saddiq-al-raddi-poetry-book-launch-tickets-17322063759 | Age group: Any

Join us to celebrate the launch of a new book of poems by Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi that have been inspired by the collection of material from Meroe, Sudan, in the Petrie Museum. This book of poems is in Arabic with translations by Sarah Maquire and Rashid Elsheikh and lavish photographs of Sudanese objects by Crispin Hughes. It is the result of a residency held in partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre that was funded by Arts Council England. Readings of the poems will take place on the night.

Come and meet the people and the collections behind this beautiful new book of poetry.

Book via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/al-saddiq-al-raddi-poetry-book-launch-tickets-17322063759

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Petrie Film Club presents The Kingdom of Bones

Petrie Film Club presents The Kingdom of Bones

Date: Thursday 15 October | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - £5 donation requested | Age group: Over 12 years old.

A screening of this episode from Murder Rooms set in late nineteenth-century Edinburgh in which doctor turned detective Joseph Bell is asked to unwrap a mummy but finds a recently murdered corpse.

Doors open 6pm, talk / screening starts 6.30pm

Book here: http://petriekingdomofbones.eventbrite.co.uk

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Petrie Museum Score Cards: Family Fun

Petrie Museum Score Cards: Family Fun

Date: Tuesday 27 - Saturday 31 October | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - drop in! | Age group: Family (cards aimed at children 7-12 years)

Pick up a pack of Petrie Museum centenary cards and take a trail around the museum. Try to outwit the members of your group by scoring the most amount of points by spotting objects and people in the collections and on the Centenary exhibition. Keep an eye on the website for additional events, which will include quizzes and making cyanotypes!

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Flinders Petrie on Screen

Flinders Petrie on Screen

Date: Thursday 5 November | Time: 6-8pm | Location: G6 Institute of Archaeology Lecture Theatre TBC | Price: Free book via http://petrieonscreen.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any

A screening of rarely seen 1930s footage of Flinders Petrie, information about the screening of a BBC 1953 TV documentary, Mortimer Wheeler remembering his encounters with Petrie on film and clips from the 1982 and 2012 documentaries about this renown archaeologist.

http://petrieonscreen.eventbrite.co.uk

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Margaret Murray: Witchcraft Theory and the ‘Lunatic’ Fringe?

Margaret Murray: Witchcraft Theory and the ‘Lunatic’ Fringe?

Date: Friday 13 November | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - book via http://murraywitch.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any

Margaret Murray found an ‘afterlife’ from archaeology as an expert on witchcraft and folklore. But did she identify herself as a witch? Join Titus Hjelm (UCL SSEES) to explore the impact of her ideas on beliefs such as Wicca as part of an evening embracing Friday 13th.

More details will be added for this evening so keep an eye on the webpage!

http://murraywitch.eventbrite.co.uk

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Petrie Film Club presents Murder in Mesopotamia

Petrie Film Club presents Murder in Mesopotamia

Date: Thursday 3 December | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - £5 donation requested. Book via http://petriemurdermesopotamia.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any

A screening of Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery set on an archaeological excavation in the 1930s; a setting, if not the crime, that would be familiar to Petrie and the students he taught. With an Introduction by Amara Thornton (UCL Institute of Archaeology).

Doors open at 6pm, event starts at 6.30pm

http://petriemurdermesopotamia.eventbrite.co.uk

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk