In 1886 Francis Galton commissioned Flinders Petrie to take photographs of different ‘racial types’ on monuments from Ancient Egypt. This was part of Galton’s research into human and racial difference as well as a lifelong friendship and influence between Galton and Petrie.
This exhibition displays some of those photographs and explores their contentious legacies in the Petrie Museum’s collection, examining and inviting comment on Galton, Petrie and the impact of racial theory on archaeology.
All the panels for the Typecast: Flinders Petrie and Francis Galton exhibition are downloadable from petriemuseum.com. The blog content also gives additional information, research or audience reactions to the exhibition. Please feel free to comment in response.
The intention is to publish the material in the exhibition and more as a book in the future.