Birmingham Egyptology Archive:

CRE XVI Oxford – Report

The 16th Current Research in Egyptology conference recently took place in Oxford, from 15th – 18th April, with the theme ‘Travel in Ancient Egypt’. Eleanor Simmance has written a report on this very successful event, including brief summaries of some of the papers, which can be downloaded here: CRE XVI report (PDF will open in a separate window). Thanks go to the organisers and presenters for an enlightening few days.
Birmingham Egyptology even got a mention on two occasions – Gyula Priskin, who discussed Coffin Texts 154-160 as a parallel to the journey of the moon, has published an article on CT 155 in the BE Journal (Vol.1, 2013:, and Beth Asbury, who gave a history of the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford and its founder, with particular reference to the Egyptian objects, presented at our first Symposium in 2014 (also published in the Journal: Occasional Publication 1, 2014). Thanks must also go to Beth who introduced a group of delegates to the Museum itself during the following lunch break!

Sights and stories: a walking tour with the EES

Yesterday, the 1st of April, was the 133rd anniversary of the foundation of the Egypt Exploration Society in 1882, named at the time the Egypt Exploration Fund (EEF), by Amelia Edwards and Reginald Stuart Poole.


Amelia Edwards has recently also enjoyed more public interest with the unveiling of an English Heritage Blue Plaque at her childhood home in London. To celebrate this event, her work and that of other notable figures in Egyptology in the 18th and 19th centuries, the EES put on a walking tour of Camden and Clerkenwell on Saturday 21st March. To read the report of this event by Eleanor Simmance, please click here (PDF document will download in another window).

Symposium 2015: paper abstracts now available

Abstracts for the 10 paper presentations to be given at our Symposium, 20th February, are now available! Please click here to download it in PDF format.


If you would like to attend this free event, please email the committee at Space is limited, so contact us soon to book your place
Abstracts for the posters and for the Opening and Closing talks will be released soon. Continue to check the webpage for further updates over the next few weeks:

Programme available for Symposium 2015

‘Nationality, Authority and Individuality in ancient Egypt’.


The programme for the Symposium on 20th February is now available to download, in PDF format: Programme


We are delighted that Dr Carla Gallorini and Dr Tony Leahy of the University of Birmingham will be opening and closing the conference, and there will be 10 papers given by postgraduates and early career researchers from Birmingham, Manchester, UCL, Basel, Oxford, Cambridge and Durham. Posters will also be on display in the venue throughout the day.

Abstracts will be released shortly. Anyone wishing to register as a delegate should contact the committee at Places are limited so book your place soon.

Please see the webpage for updates on the event in the next few weeks:

Postrgraduate Development Fund Poster Competition

Several of Birmingham Egyptology’s activities, including the website itself, are funded by the College of Arts and Law Postgraduate Development Fund. Each year we evaluate these events in a poster and this year all contributions are being displayed in the Arts Building until this coming Friday,  5th December. The judging will be a combination of judges Dr Charlotte Hempel, Director of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, and Dr Jagbir, Deputy Director, and an online voting poll in which you can take part! The poll can be found at and voting will close on Friday at 4pm.
Please show your support for Birmingham Egyptology and the twenty other exciting student-led funded projects of 2013-14 in the College by going to look at them on the ground, first and second floors until Friday.


For those of you who cannot get to the College itself to see them, here is Birmingham Egyptology’s contribution, covering our main activities and highlighting the skills development which they offer to participants.

BE funding poster

Forum report available: Egyptological societies

Carl Graves, PhD student at the University of Birmingham and current Public Engagement and Education manager at the Egypt Exploration Society (EES), London, chaired the last Forum session on Friday 17th October (Egyptological societies and the future of the discipline). His report summarising the ideas voiced can be read at

This discussion brought up the problems faced by Egyptological societies in outreach and maintaining membership, especially amongst the student population. The differences between such societies was also highlighted – Birmingham Egyptology, being university-based, is very different in many ways to the EES, and both are different again to other Egyptological societies throughout the UK and the rest of the world. Nonetheless, all have the responsibility of contributing to and sharing knowledge within the discipline, and one of the Forum discussion’s aims was to identify ways in which societies can continue to engage with people of all backgrounds and ages and ensure the continuance of research and education.


The next Forum session will be chaired by Marsia Bealby, who will lead a workshop entitled ‘How to create and run children’s educational activities for museum use‘. Friday 31st October, 5-7, CAHA Museum (Room 305, Arts Building, University of Birmingham). All are welcome.

EES/BE study day – ‘Gods and Mortals: the function of religion in Ancient Egypt’

On Saturday 29th November the Egypt Exploration Society will be coming to the University of Birmingham for their next study day, which will be about religion in ancient Egypt. The speakers are: Prof. Susanne Bickel, Dr Michela Luiselli, Dr Tony Leahy and Dr Martin Bommas. Full details of the event, including the abstracts for each talk and ticket information, can be found here:


**SPECIAL OFFER for University of Birmingham students**

£10 ticket (bring student ID to event) – follow link

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Forum report available: ancient Egyptian medicine

The report for the Forum session on Friday 3rd October (‘Ancient Egyptian medicine: a practical approach’), chaired by Charlotte Booth, is now available on the ‘Last Session’ section of the Forum page:

Here are some photos from this lively session:

Charlotte Booth (current PhD student at Birmingham) begins her talk

Charlotte Booth (current PhD student at Birmingham) begins her talk

Attendees turning their minds to the doctors, diseases and cures of ancient Egypt

Attendees turning their minds to the doctors, diseases and cures of ancient Egypt

The ingredients used for the practical part of the session

The ingredients used for the practical part of the session


A cure for toothache? Frankincense, cumin and carob-pod seeds.


The next Forum session will be on Friday 17th October (this coming Friday), 5-7pm in the CAHA museum (Arts 305), and will be chaired by Carl Graves, on the subject ‘Egyptological societies and the future of the discipline’.

BE at Societies event

Several societies from the School of History and Cultures at University of Birmingham gathered yesterday (Monday 29th September) as part of a ‘Meet the Societies’  event. It was a chance to find out about the events that will be going on this term and to get involved.

Birmingham Egyptology stall
We are a group primarily for postgraduates at the university, but we welcome other members of the university (UGs and staff) and external individuals to our events as well. Similarly, our peer-reviewed Journal is open to contributions from anyone researching ancient Egypt and Sudan, not just University of Birmingham students.


If you could not make it to the event to speak to us, but are still interested in being involved in Birmingham Egyptology activities, please email us at, and follow us on Twitter @UoBEgyptology.

Autumn schedule now available

The new academic year fast approaches, and Birmingham Egyptology will be returning properly with the first Forum of the term on 3rd October, with a workshop on medicine with Charlotte Booth. For the rest of the term’s activities, please see the schedule which can be downloaded here (PDF): BE Autumn Schedule 2014


Further details of some of the events and dates for social gatherings will be announced closer to the time.


We hope to see you there!

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