History of Archaeology related Activities in britain (And Beyond).
Codebreakers and Groundbreakers
24 October 2017-4 February 2018
10-5 Tue-Sat; 12-5 Sun
A free exhibition highlighting the story of wartime codebreakers in Bletchley Park alongside the work of archaeological codebreakers and groundbreakers deciphering Linear B, an ancient writing system, the earliest in Europe, discovered during archaeological excavations in the early 20th century.
Screening Verulamium: Institute of Archaeology films from the 1950s
22 November 2017, 6pm - 7 pm
Room 609, UCL Institute of Archaeology
Amara Thornton and Caitlin O'Grady (UCL Institute of Archaeology) will introduce a screening of two short Institute of Archaeology films from the 1950s showing excavation and conservation at the site of the Roman city of Verulamium (St Albans, Hertfordshire).
The Kentucky Mummy: Encountering Antiquity in 19th Century America
9 November 2017, 6 pm –7 pm
Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology
James E. Snead (California State University, Northridge) will discuss the history of an iconic find, and how it affected both the beginnings of scientific archaeology and popular culture in the United States.
What does it mean to be human? Curating Heads
2 Oct 2017 - 28 February 2018
9am - 7pm daily
University College London
A free exhibition about the ethics and implications of human remains. Featuring the work of archaeologist Flinders Petrie, and a discussion of his request to leave his head to science. Further details here.
The Lost City of London
3-29 October 2017
A free photography exhibition charting excavations in the City of London after the Second World War. Details are here.
The Discovery of Roman London
11 September 2017-5 January 2018
Library opening hours listed here.
An exhibition charting the history of Roman archaeology in London, and the sites and artefacts relating to Roman London. It highlights the pioneering work of London antiquary Charles Roach-Smith, and illuminates the history of the Museum of London's predecessor, the Guildhall Museum. Further information and a list of associated events can be found here.
Adventures in Egypt - Mrs Goodison and Other Travellers
23 September 2017 -10 March 2018
10-4 Mon-Sat; during School holidays 11-4 Sun
An exhibition highlighting the life of Victorian collector Amelia Goodison and her engagement with ancient Egypt through artefacts, letters and sketches. The exhibition is free, further details here.
Saturday, 7th October 2017
9:00 am - 7pm (AGM from 3pm)
Institute of Child Health, University College London
30 Guilford Street
London WC1N 1EH
This EES study day, comprising 4 flash talks and two lectures, will consider various aspects of Howard Carter and his wider circle of contacts. The AGM follows at 3pm. The study day does have a charge. Further details and booking information is here.
Petrie Film Club presents: Letters from Baghdad
20th Sep 2017 19:00-21:30
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
0207 679 4138
Amara Thornton introduces the documentary Letters from Baghdad, starring Tilda Swinton as the voice of Gertrude Bell as part of the Different Perspectives: Archaeology and the Middle East in World War One. The event is free and booking information can be found here
Aurel Stein Photographs
Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way
A small display in the Reading Room of the Royal Asiatic Society features a selection of archaeologist and explorer Aurel Stein's photographs. Hungarian-born Stein undertook extensive expeditions to Central Asia and China in the early 20th century, and the photographs on display are a selection from over 800 Stein images in the Society's archive. Read more about the display here.
Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity
Daily (except Tuesdays) 10-5, 7 July-29 Oct 2017
evening openings 20 Jul, 17 Aug, 21 Sep, 12 and 26 Oct and during Leighton Lates.
Leighton House Museum
12 Holland Park Road
Victorian artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema produced many works that illustrated life in the Classical world. The exhibition will take visitors through Alma-Tadema's life and work, and the influence that his art continues to have on our perception of the classical world today. Also features the art of Alma-Tadema's wife Laura Alma-Tadema and daugher Anna Alma-Tadema. Entrance ticket to Leighton House gives entry to exhibition. Further details here.
Belzoni and the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I
11 October 2017-14 April 2018
Tues-Sat 10am - 5 pm
Sir John Soane Museum
Lincoln's Inn Fields
Following the adventures of early 19th century Italian-born excavator (and former strong-man) Giovanni Battista Belzoni and the history and reception of the objects he brought back to Britain from Egypt.
Admission free. Exhibition webpage here.
Discovering archaeology sources at UCL
6 June 2017, 6-7 pm
UCL Institute of Archaeology, Room 612
Colin Penman & Robert Winckworth (UCL Records, Archives and Special Collections)
An overview of the array of material in UCL's archives relating to the history of archaeology - from university administrative records and historic student lists to personal correspondence of archaeologists.
Petrie's War: Performing the Archive
10 May 2017
6-8 pm, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
University of East London MA Drama students present a performance drawing on archive research connected to the Different Perspectives project.
Book tickets and find out more here.
The Arab Bureau: Archaeologists and Spies in the Middle East during the First World War
16 May 2016
6-6.30pm, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Juliette Desplat (The National Archives)
Juliette Desplat will discuss the Cairo-based Arab Bureau as part of the context of First World War intelligence operations, and the role of archaeologists in its history.
Following the talk will be the opening of the Different Perspectives exhibition at the Petrie Museum, which draws on the research of the Heritage Lottery Fund-funded Different Perspectives project.
Different Perspectives: Archaeology and the Middle East in World War One
1-5 pm Tues-Sat, 16 May – 30 September 2017
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL
A display based on the research done by the volunteers working on this HLF funded project.
Further details here.
'A young man's radicalism': V. Gordon Childe, socialist and war-resister, 1914-1925
26 April 2017
6-7 pm, Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology
Dr Katie Meheux (UCL Institute of Archaeology) discusses the early life of archaeologist Vere Gordon Childe. Drawing on her research into his student days at Oxford, she investigates his early radicalisation. Further details here.
British Art: Ancient Landscapes
10-5 Mon to Sat; 12-5 Sun, 8 April to 3 Sept 2017
The King's House
65 The Close,
The exhibition charts 200 years of artistic engagement with Britain's ancient past. Entrance with museum admission. Further details here.
Letters from Baghdad
UK Cinema Release from 21 April 2017
Letters from Baghdad (2016) is a documentary about Gertrude Bell and her work as an archaeologist, writer, traveller, diplomat and political mover-and-shaker in Iraq. It premiered at the London Film Festival in October. Actor Tilda Swinton is the voice of Gertrude Bell, with dialogue from her letters and diaries. The documentary uses a wide range of vintage film footage showing Britain and the Middle East from the early 20th century.
Letters from Baghdad is directed by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum.
Missione Egitto 1903-1920:
L'Avventura Archaeologica M. I. A. Raccontata
11 March-3 September 2017
Museo Egizio Turin, Italy
Via Accademia Delle Scienze 6
An exhibition charting the history of the Italian Mission to Egypt, and charting the life and work of Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaperelli. Ticket to Museum & Exhibition €17 (adults) Further details here.