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The Edwards Museum

Alice EStevenson4 March 2015

The Petrie Museum takes its name from famed archaeologist Flinders Petrie. It’s all too easy, therefore, to fall into the habit of always celebrating him – all  ‘Petrie this’ and ‘Petrie that’ – as if he somehow toiled alone, a heroic pioneer. The fact is, he built his career with the support and labour of others. ‘His’ Museum would not be here at all were it not for Amelia Blanford Edwards (1831–1892). So on International Women’s Day this year we celebrate our true founder .

This Girl Can. Plaster bust of Amelia Edwards in the entrance to the Petrie Museum

This Girl Can. Plaster cast bust of Amelia Edwards in the entrance to the Petrie Museum

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