By Helen Pike (Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL)
Our Heritage Lottery funded project, Different Perspectives: Archaeology and the Middle East in WWI sought to explore the myths and realities of WW1 through the lens of archaeologists. Working with a wonderful team of 12 community researchers, we explored and investigated material from within the Petrie Museum and UCL archives, relevant files in the National Archives at Kew, documents at the Palestine Excavation Fund, Egypt Exploration Society and objects and images from the National Army Museum.
This research to curate a series of public events culminating in a performance, an exhibition in the Petrie Museum and a series of learning resources as a legacy to the project. All this explored how antiquity and cultural heritage both form and transcend national identity, lead to cross cultural connections, and open up discussion around the subject.
The following blog posts have been written by one of our voluteers, and represent a number of strands that emerged from the project.