Jesse Haworth and Martyn Kennard

In 1886, Petrie wanted to establish a funding body that would be independent of the Egypt Exploration Fund, and sponsorship was brokered through Amelia Edwards' intervention. Jesse Haworth was a good friend who had been inspired by Amelia's book, A 1000 miles up the Nile, to visit Egypt and developed and interest in Egyptology from there. He originally wished to remain a hidden benefactor of Petrie's work. At the same time, Martyn Kennard also agreed to finance Petrie's archaeological excavations. The majority of Haworth's share of the antiquities went to the Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester, while Kennard's was given to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.