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Publicising Petrie: Financing fieldwork in British Mandate Palestine (1926-1938)

Sparks, RTE; (2013) Publicising Petrie: Financing fieldwork in British Mandate Palestine (1926-1938). Present Pasts , 5 (2) , Article 2. 10.5334/pp.56. Gold open access


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The cost of archaeological fieldwork has always been high, even for someone as notoriously parsimonious as Flinders Petrie. Money was constantly needed to finance his excavations, bring objects back to England and organize publication of the results. Over the course of his career Petrie developed a range of fundraising strategies, including setting up the British School of Archaeology in Egypt to coordinate efforts. Moving his base of operations to British Mandate Palestine brought a whole new series of challenges, not the least being how to generate public interest in this new endeavour. This paper will explore the various methods by which funds were generated to support Petrie’s research, including use of newspaper and radio coverage, public lectures and exhibitions, merchandising and appeals to the generosity of individual patrons. It will also consider how the purposes of fundraising developed over time, and ways in which we can measure the success of the tactics used.

Type: Article
Title: Publicising Petrie: Financing fieldwork in British Mandate Palestine (1926-1938)
Open access status: An open access publication
DOI: 10.5334/pp.56
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/pp.56
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright is retained by the author(s).
Keywords: Flinders Petrie, BSAE, British School of Archeology in Egypt, Egyptology, Archaeology, British Mandate Palestine, Fundraising, Publicity, Hilda Petrie
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Institute of Archaeology
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URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1383697
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