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Black History Season at UCL Petrie Museum

13 October 2006

The UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is holding a series of evening events to celebrate Black History Season from 18 October 2006.

The annual celebration of black heritage takes place every October, with a number of events happening across London. The Petrie Museum will open especially for evening events that reveal Northwest Africa's history of poetry and art.

Guided tours of the museum will commence at 6.30pm, where visitors will learn more about UCL's inspiring Egyptian and Sudanese collections, full of personal items that illustrate the every day life of the ancient Egyptians.

Sudanese poets will perform recitals and artists, museum staff and volunteers will talk about their favourite objects in the museum. Paul Antonio, the museum's current artist-in-residence, has also created a calligraphy display especially for Black History Season.

The events will be held from 6.30pm-8.30pm on 18 and 25 October, and 2 and 7 November. Entry costs £3, which includes refreshments.

The prize-winning UCL Petrie Museum contains the largest collection of Egyptian and Sudanese artefacts outside of Egypt, with an amazing 80,000 objects in the collection, including a number of 'firsts', such as the world's oldest recorded dress.

UCL has recently launched a major fundraising campaign to raise £26million for the UCL Institute for Cultural Heritage, a major new building for London, which will house the university's extensive Art Collections, Library Special Collections, Galton Collection and the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

Open to the public, the new institute will be a vibrant forum for teaching, research, conservation and innovation in the broad field of cultural heritage, as well as providing state-of-the-art display, storage and study areas for UCL's collections, which include art by the old masters, medieval manuscripts and the largest collection of Egyptian artefacts outside of Egypt.

To find out more, use the links at the bottom of this article, or contact the Petrie Museum