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The Distribution of Egyptian Archeology to the World’s Museums

Egypt’s cultural heritage is amongst of the most widely dispersed of any country following centuries of intense colonial and imperial interest in its history, monuments and antiquities. From 1883 onwards, British teams were prolific exporters of Egyptian antiquities, in large measure due to Britain’s position asan occupying power, as well as on account of the transnational sponsorship model adopted by missions to fund their work. As a result, it is estimated that some 350 institutions across 27 countries in 5 continents received Egyptian archaeological finds through British agencies. Previous research on these distributions has tended to focus on the artefacts themselves as sources of information about the ancient past, but these Egyptian artefacts represent far more than just themselves.

When: Wednesday March 28, 5 – 6 pm
Where: Green College Coach House
Speaker: Alice Stevenson, Museum Studies, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Image credit: Photo courtesy Alice Stevenson.