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Petrie Museum acquires funding

30 July 2004

UCL's Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology has been awarded a grant of £106,000 towards the conservation of its extensive collections.

Pottery, Amarna, c1350 BC The grant, which was awarded by the Designated Challenge Fund, on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, will go towards the cleaning and remounting of the museum's stored collections.

Ms Sally MacDonald, the museum's manager, said: "To date, the collections have been stored unsupported in drawers, and this grant allows us to protect the museum's invaluable collections for generations to come. In the short term, the works will be protected from further damage and, in turn, will ensure easier transferral to their proposed future home in the Panopticon."

The Petrie Museum was founded by William Flinders Petrie (1853-1942), who is often described as "the father of scientific archaeology". It features one of the largest collections of Egyptian archaeology in the world, including the world's earliest surviving dress (dated from around 2800 BC), decorative art from Akhenaten's famous city at Amarna and one of the world's largest and finest collections of Roman mummy portraits.

Image: Pottery, Amarna, c1350 BC.

To find out more about the museum, use the link below.

Link: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology