Birmingham Egyptology

Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: Registration Now Open

Please join us for the Fifth Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium, ‘Conflict in Ancient Culture’ which will be held in Lecture Theatre 3 (127) of the Arts Building at the University of Birmingham.

Our free event features a range of presentations from postgraduate students and academics on ancient Egyptian conflict relating to language, art, ancient perspectives of Egypt and physical evidence of warfare. We are lucky to also have a wide range of speakers from the UK and Europe joining us for this symposium!

Refreshments, lunch and a wine reception will also be provided.

To register for the event, please do so via Eventbrite:

Our updated provisional programme for the day can be found here: 5th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Programme Updated

Further information about travelling to the University can be found below:


The campus has its own train station, ‘University’, with trains going to and from Birmingham New St in the city centre around every 10 minutes. Going from the city, take a train towards Longbridge or Redditch. University is two stops, approximately an 8-minutes journey, and should cost no more than £2.90 for a return ticket (no more than £2.30 with a railcard).


The nearest bus stop to the campus which serves buses to and from the city centre to the University Campus is that at the junction of Bristol Road and Edgbaston Park Road (the South Gate of the University) – near the Orange Zone on the campus map. Take the no. 61 or 63 from stop NS3 (on St. Martins Queensway, near New Street station and the Bullring shopping centre). Services 98 or X64 will also take you to the North Gate of the University, which is a short 5 minute walk to the Arts Building.

PARKING: We regret that due to major work taking place on campus at the moment, there is very limited parking nearby the University. For the latest up to date information, please visit: Disabled spaces are available next to the ERI Building on Pritchatts Road. Please contact to confirm with the University team if you will need one of these spaces.

A campus map can be found here:

Festschrift in honour of Tony Leahy

As many of our group will be aware, Tony Leahy, Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, retired last year after some 40 years of service to the University. To honour his achievements, a small ceremony was held at the University on 15th February to present Tony with a festschrift:

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As sealed for presentation!

‘A True Scribe of Abydos. Essays on First Millennium Egypt in Honour of Anthony Leahy.’


The book – 265 in the series Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, published by Peeters of Leuven and edited by Claus Jurman, Bettina Bader, and  David Aston – contains more than 20 essays from scholars having ties with Tony and the University over many years. Further details about the book and a brief summary of its contents may be seen on the publisher’s web site at:




ISBN 978-90-429-3480-1.

Birmingham Egyptology Forum: Dr Margaret Mountford

For our final Forum session this term, we are very excited to welcome Dr Margaret Mountford, Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society, to the University of Birmingham.

Dr Mountford will be presenting a talk on the Oxyrhynchus papyri – if you’re interested in attending, please register for a place via Eventbrite:

We hope that you can join us for this fascinating talk!BE Forum March poster MM

BE Social Event

Birmingham Egyptology will be holding a social event from 1 pm on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at The Hop Garden, 19 Metchley Lane, Harborne.


The Hop Garden has only recently opened, and has been described as ‘a homely place with its own, cosy personality’ yet  ‘very different.’ Why not join us in finding out how different!


For more information regarding the venue see:

Extended Deadline – 5th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: Call For Papers

We have now extended the deadline for our call for papers for the 5th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: ‘Conflict in Ancient Culture’, which will take place on Friday 11th May 2018 at the University of Birmingham, UK.

We invite abstract submissions from postgraduates and independent researchers pertaining to the individual’s interpretation of the above theme. This may include, but is not limited to, notions of conflict as expressed or evidence in archaeology, art, language, history, epigraphy, reception and perspectives of ancient Egypt, and relations between Egypt and other ancient civilisations.

Presentations may take the form of a 20 minute paper AND/OR an A0 research poster. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words, to be submitted by Friday 23rd February 2018 at 5pm to:

Confirmation of the decision will be emailed by late February. Following the Symposium, presenters will be invited to submit their papers or posters as articles to be considered for publication in the Birmingham Egyptology Journal.

For further information about this event, please contact us here or at the above email address to register your interest or ask any questions.

5th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: Call For Papers

Birmingham Egyptology are pleased to announce that the 5th annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium will be held at the University of Birmingham on Friday 11th May 2018.
The theme will be ‘Conflict in ancient Culture’. The organising committee invite papers from postgraduate students and independent researchers pertaining to their individual interpretations of this theme. This may include, but is not limited to, notions of conflict as expressed or evident in archaeology, art, language, history, epigraphy, reception and perspectives of ancient Egypt, and relations between Egypt and other ancient civilisations.
The call for papers deadline is Monday 22nd January 2018 at 5pm. The full call for papers can be viewed from the following link: Birmingham Egyptology Symposium Call for Papers 2018

Forum sessions for Autumn 2017

Birmingham Egyptology will continue this autumn with the programme of discussions based on topics presented by post graduate researchers and guest speakers.


IMG_2135The first session will take place on Friday 6th October, 5 pm – 7 pm, in the CAHA Museum – Arts 305 – and the topic, ‘The Relationship of Text and Image,’ will be presented by Jennifer Turner.


Jennifer [pictured], the new post graduate lead for Birmingham Egyptology, is presently completing her MRes and will be going on to work on her PhD researching ‘The function, performance and interaction of text and image in Egyptian statuary from the Third Intermediate Period.’


As always, all who are interested in Egyptology – at whatever level – are invited to join in our Forum sessions and newcomers will be most welcome.


BE Social – Saturday 6th May

All are welcome to join the next social gathering of the Birmingham Egyptology Group which will be from 1 pm on Saturday 6th May at The Rectory Bar in St. Paul’s Square, Birmingham.


For details of this venue please visit the web site at:



BE Social Saturday 18th March

Birmingham Egyptology are holding a social event from 1 pm onwards on Saturday 18th March at the Physician, Edgbaston.


All welcome!


For information about the venue, and on how to get there, see the Physician web pages at:

 The Physician

BE Symposium success

The Fourth Birmingham Egyptology Symposium took place yesterday, Friday 17th February 2017, and congratulations are due to co-chairs, Jennifer Turner and Iria Souto Castro, and to their team of helpers who together produced a memorable event. Thanks also to the speakers and delegates, each of whom contributed to what was a most enjoyable day.



Some of the team (from left to right): Poppy Hicklin, Ho Wang Fong, Lauren Bell, and Alexandra Guyver


Iria and Jennifer, co-chairs

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