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25 Years of the Egypt Centre: History and Highlights

Course Synopsis

The We Need to Talk series brings together leading specialists to discuss hot topics in Egyptological research, and in particular themes that relate directly to current global issues. The aim is to inform, educate, raise awareness, and to encourage deeper interdisciplinary engagement because – we need to talk.

 In 2023, the Egypt Centre celebrates 25 years since the museum opened to the public. During this time, school groups, students, researchers, and other interested parties have come to visit the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in Wales (UK). This course will be devoted to the history and highlights of the museum, from its origins with the Wellcome loan in 1971 to its online engagement during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Each week we will examine selected objects on display in the “House of Life” and “House of Death” galleries, in addition to those kept in storage. This includes objects from sites such as Amarna, Armant, Abydos, Beni Hasan, Esna, Naqada, Tarkhan, and Thebes. The anthropoid coffin of the Chantress of Amun Iwesenhesetmut, the offering stand of the infamous Paneb, a limestone relief depicting the God’s Wife Neferure, and the lintel of the Overseer of Craftsmen Tjenti are just some of the objects to be discussed. Using 3D models of many of the objects, it is now possible for participants to get closer than ever to the collection in a virtual capacity. All these objects help us to better understand the lives of the ancient Egyptians.

Schedule

    • Week 1: (Sunday 08 January or Wednesday 11 January): The History of the Egypt Centre
    • Week 2: (Sunday 15 January or Wednesday 18 January): Highlights of the Egypt Centre
    • Week 3: (Sunday 22 January or Wednesday 25 January): The House of Death
    • Week 4: (Sunday 29 January or Wednesday 01 February): The House of Life
    • Week 5: (Sunday 05 February or Wednesday 08 February): Treasures in Storage

When

In order to be as accessible as possible, this 5-week course will be run twice, with sessions taking place via Zoom:

    • Sunday evenings 6–8pm (UK time) – Starting Sunday 08th January
    • Wednesday mornings 10am–noon (UK time) – Starting Wednesday 11th January

A week before the course starts you will be emailed the Zoom link, which can be used for both sessions. Therefore, participants will have the option of attending either day, or both!

Cost

This course costs £40, with fees going directly to supporting the Egypt Centre. In particular, the funds will be used to support the development of the Egypt Centre displays. Additionally, participants have the option of adding an extra donation if they wish. Donations, of course, are greatly appreciated! Once you have booked, you will automatically receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. If you haven’t received anything within 24 hours, please contact Ken at k.griffin@swansea.ac.uk

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We Need to Talk: Contemporary Conversations in Egyptology

The We Need to Talk series brings together leading specialists to discuss hot topics in Egyptological research, and in particular themes that relate directly to current global issues. The aim is to inform, educate, raise awareness, and to encourage deeper interdisciplinary engagement because – we need to talk.

As with all IntEg events, participation is free and open to the general public (via Zoom). Audience members will be invited to submit questions for discussion via social media before the event, and will also be able to ask questions to the experts during the live events.

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