The Petrie Museum should need no explanation, but for those of you not yet introduced to the esoteric delights of Ancient Egypt, I recommend a visit (or six) to the collection, followed by one of the many events staged throughout the year. The Petrie excels at this and both public and members are welcome to join film screenings, exhibitions, talks, and lectures. Occasionally booking is required, but most invite you to just drop-in, link here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/petrie
Last night’s event, ‘the Systematic Reuse of 21st Dynasty Coffins, at the Institute of Archaeology, introduced by Lucia Gahlin, was a good example of how generous scholars are, in this case Dr. Kara Clooney, in sharing their time, and knowledge with us. Dr. Clooney, very engaging and witty, offered some fascinating insights into the reuse of 21st Dynasty funerary ‘stuff’ (illustrated). Her rapport with the audience was instant; add contributions from Dr. Aidan Dodson, and a (slightly) argumentative Q&A at the end, and the evening was complete.
The lecture theatre is easily accessible from the street, and furnished by displays of pottery and other objects to keep you interested if you’re on your own (like me), or a comfy leather seat if you’re a group (everybody else), and do take a moment with the ladies on the door, they’re lovely. Lectures aren’t long, about an hour, maybe longer with questions. Petrie likes to entertain; light refreshments are available in the foyer if you fancy a little ‘bottoms up’ before you go. I couldn’t on this occasion, but raise a glass of fizzy today for feeding our passions and encouraging our interests.
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