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Archaeology museum wins top award
Egyptian mask, picture from Petrie Museum
The collection is accessible in an online catalogue
A 100-year-old museum, home to one of the world's largest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology, has won an industry award.

A panel of experts judged University College London's Petrie Museum to have remained relevant and interesting since its creation in 1892.

BBC presenter Sophie Raworth presented the award at a ceremony on Wednesday.

Some 80,000 objects depicting life in the Nile Valley since prehistory are housed in the central London museum.

The collection has recently been made accessible in an online catalogue and runs outreach activities for the public and school children.

Hugh Kilmister, acting manager of the museum, described the nomination as "tremendously important recognition for us".

He said: "While as a university museum it is obviously vital for us to continue serving an academic audience, this is an appreciation of the work that my colleagues have been doing to make the museum more widely relevant in the community."

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