Last Thursday (12th April), a couple of Millman Street Community Centre members paid a visit to the Petrie Museum in Bloomsbury. Accompanied by Sarah, who took the photos, David and Shaku enjoyed rummaging around among the Egyptian and Sudanese exhibits. And drinking tea afterwards, of course.
The museum was founded by the explorer and renowned Egyptologist Flinders Petrie (Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie, in full; 1853-1942). It contains over 80,000 objects – one of the world’s largest collections of stuff (Egyptian and Sudanese “stuff”, that is).
Our members took a tour around the museum’s new exhibition, which focuses on examples of Egyptian papyrus. There was a talk on what the collection of letters, wills and, erm, shopping lists tells us about life in ancient Egypt. There were also some clothes from the era – which, even after several millennia, are still in better nick than this reporter’s current clobber…
Pharoah Amenhotep III’s shopping list included this inscrutable hieroglyphic litany: “2 Pintas, strawberry yoghurt (low fat, please), sphinx polish and a statue of a bloke with a bird’s head (you know, like in a Max Ernst artwork). Oh, and some pyramid tea bags. Ta, milkie!”
Amazing. Who knows what it all meant to the ancients…?
The Petrie Museum is at Malet Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6BT. Curiosi-TEA is a regular event. Entry is free, but by invitation only. For details, please contact Helen Pike:
Tel: 0207 679 4138
Holborn Community Association would like to thank The Petrie Museum for entertaining and informing our members and staff. We hope there will be more visits in the near future.
Petrie photos by Sarah; ancient ramblings: Notes Smudger