Lost skills

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Lost skills: wills

How do you write a will? How do you make it legally binding? Be inspired by a 3,000-year-old example preserved on papyrus from Ancient Egypt to write your own will. Discover how philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s will had an impact on modern ideas about death.

Lost skills: letter writing

Inspired by letters from ancient Egyptians, discover the art and etiquette of letter writing in an age of social media. In this workshop, explore letters the ancient Egyptians sent to each other, from the formal letter full of etiquette but no content to the gossipy about the behaviour of a wife and the rude full of insults. Then write your own using the Egyptian formulas.

Lost skills: list writing

In this workshop, find out how Ancient Egyptian papyrus can help you recover lost skills in list writing in the early 21st century.

Recovering the past: Egypt and Greece

Few ancient cultures have been studied as intensely as ancient Greece or Egypt. But how exactly do we learn about these ancient cultures and their connections? This multimedia event looks at the many ways in which the Graeco-Egyptian past has been recovered. Experts in Classics from UCL explore the recuperation of texts on papyri, the decipherment of hieroglyphs, Freudian theories of Oedipus and Moses, and the representation of priests of Isis on film. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from world-class scholars about the new and exciting research that is being carried out in the field of ancient studies. Our event will take place at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, home to a renowned collection of Egyptian antiquities.