Exporting Egypt: Where? Why? Whose?
Sunday, 29 January, 2017 - 14:30 to Saturday, 13 May, 2017 - 14:30

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
United Kingdom

Archaeological finds have ended up in places we might expect, such as museums and universities. But they have also turned up in more unusual locations like masonic lodges and domestic garages. How did they get there? What do they mean in those spaces? Who owns them now?

From the 1880s to the 1980s licensed British excavations in Egypt resulted in the discovery of tens of thousands of artefacts. These can now be found in more than 350 institutions, in 27 countries across 5 continents. There is no other endeavour in world archaeology that has a legacy of such a scale or scope.

This exhibition explores the journeys taken by objects from archaeological sites to institutions around the world, the issues involved and their legacies today.