Birmingham Egyptology Archive:

Museum Collections Centre Open Day

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Sunday 18th August, 11am-5pm (last entry at 4pm)

BMAG MCC The museum collections centre will open its doors this weekend to allow visitors to take a look around their hidden treasures. The theme this year focuses on animals and nature, and visitors will be able to see some of the museums vast natural history collection. This collection includes a large amount of animals that were once native to the ancient Egyptian landscape, such as horned vipers and cobras. Also on display is a representative selection of BMAG’s ancient Egyptian antiquities. In total the museum houses over 7000 artefacts related to Egypt, of which the highlights from the collections centre will be on display this Sunday. Entry is free and trains run direct to Duddeston train station from University or New Street. The collections centre is a 4 minute walk from the station. Further directions can be found here:

Fieldwork at Tell Timai

In this dig diary [follow the link on the menu bar] Sarah Chapman, a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, introduces us to the site of Tell Timai in the eastern Delta.

She discusses her role and responsibilities and the excitement of her experience. This is the first in what we hope to be regular updates from her work in the field and the start of a connection with the team from the University of Hawaii at Tell Timai.

A Summer School Dig Diary – Kevin Birtles

During summer 2012 Kevin Birtles, long-time member of the Birmingham Egyptology community, attended the Sedgeford Historical Archaeological Research Project field school. In this item he reflects on his experiences at this site through the witty diary entries he kept while there: SHARP article by Kevin Birtles

Eton Myers artefacts at the University of Birmingham

In 1899 Eton College was trusted with a donation of a collection of Egyptian artefacts on the unfortunate death their collector, Etonian Old Boy Major Joseph William Myers. Over the next century these objects became study tools for Eton students, and the subject of international exhibitions. In 2011 part of this collection was loaned to the University of Birmingham to initiate a 15 year project between themselves, Eton College and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to accurately catalogue and digitise the objects. Here at the University of Birmingham we are using innovative VISTA techniques to 3D scan these items, with the eventual aim to make this informative, 19th Century private collection into a global resource– accessible via the internet as a virtual museum.

Over the 15 year period the collection will be used for teaching and research within the department of Classics and Ancient History, and has already provided the backdrop of an exhibition exploring communication in ancient Egypt.


Connections: communication in ancient Egypt

Being under-researched in the past, ‘Connections’ for the first time aims to investigate ancient Egyptian methods of communication through the display of objects from the Eton College’s Joseph William Myers collection of Egyptian antiquities which are on loan at the University of Birmingham. An accompanying on-line exhibition catalogue of essays written by students of Egyptology, staff, and alumni of the University of Birmingham brings together a wide range of topics – from symbols and gestures to music, text, and trade – focussing on communication in ancient Egypt.

Visit our website ( to examine how the Egyptians communicated between each other, their neighbouring cultures, the deceased, and the divine. Rotating images allow you to get close to the objects without visiting the exhibition – allowing an innovative virtual interactive experience.

The exhibition is located in the Orchard Learning Resource Centre at the University of Birmingham’s Selly Oak Campus. To book your private viewing of the exhibition contact me, Carl Graves, at:

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