Some of you may have tuned in to BBC4 yesterday to watch a documentary about the pioneering Egyptologist, W. M. Flinders Petrie, entitled The Man who Discovered Egypt. And very interesting it was too. If you have read Charles Parish’s History of the Lit & Phil Volume 2, you will know that Flinders Petrie lectured at the Lit & Phil no less than six times. His lecture on 31st October 1904, for example, on The Earliest Kings of Egypt (with lantern slides) attracted an audience of 735. In October 1907 his lecture on Sinai attracted a mere 665 attendees! This was followed a week later by archaeologist and explorer Gertrude Bell, lecturing on Buddhist Shrines (644 people came to that lecture). If only we still had our magnificent lecture theatre!
We have a number of Flinders Petrie’s works in the library. Consult the catalogue – you’ll be amazed. Above is an example of just one title on our shelves.