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18:30 - 19:30 1 December 2011

Two faced? A Case Study of the History of Collecting at the Petrie Museum


UCL Petrie Museum of Egyption Archaeology (link Map)
Malet Place | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Open

In the uncertian world of heritage and cultural property - where archaeological sites are regularly looted and the trade in illicit antiquities is thriving - museums are generally considered to be a good thing. This however has more to do with what people think a museum does and what it should be rather than historical fact. This lecture will outline how museums - and the Petrie Museum in particular - are bound up in very particular historical and political contexts, and why it is vital to consider these contexts if we are ever to come to a satisfactory solution to the question of who owns the past.


Petrie Museum
+44 (0)20 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk