The Society’s London premises, which house its administrative headquarters, the Library and Archive, is situated in three adjoining Mews properties on the eastern edge of the Bloomsbury area (about 10 minutes walk from the British Museum). The Office is open from 9.30 to 5.00, Monday to Friday and the Library from 10.30 to 4.30 each day, Monday to Friday. The Archive has limited research space so appointments must be made in advance to consult records.
In London, the Society has at present four full-time members of staff - the Director, Education & Public Engagement Manager, Finance & Business Manager, and Publications Manager.
Before joining the society, Dr Cédric Gobeil worked as an archaeologist for the Institut français d'archéologie orientale du Caire (Ifao) in Egypt. He is also Field Director of the French archaeological mission of Deir el-Medina, and Associate Professor in the History Department of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Canada. He is also working for the archaeological missions of Balat/Ayn Asil (Ifao) and Coptos (Ifao/Université Lumière-Lyon II), as well as for the epigraphic mission of the Karnak Great Hypostyle Hall Project, conducted jointly by the UQAM and the University of Memphis (USA).
Having completed his undergraduate studies at the Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada), Cédric completed his graduate studies at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) and obtained a PhD in Egyptology from the same university. Over the years, Cédric has given many lectures around the world on his work and published many scientific papers in different journals. Nowadays, his research essentially focuses on household archaeology and ancient Egyptian daily life. In fact, the real reason why he did chose to become archaeologist is to get a nice throughout-the-year sun-tan…
Education and Public Engagement Manager
Carl Graves joined the Society in November 2013, as maternity cover for the role of Education and Public Engagement Manager. Carl studied Ancient History (BA Hons) and Egyptology (MPhil) at the University of Birmingham and spent three years overseeing the Eton College William Joseph Myers Collection on loan there from 2011 until 2013 whilst working on his PhD. During his time at the EES, Carl has expanded the volunteer programme and increased the efficiency and online provision of the Society’s archive. After working with a number of collections in Birmingham, his main interests remain engagement and accessibility – a passion reflected in the Society’s events calendar and in his frequent communications with our global member community. In his spare time, Carl still enjoys visiting museums and galleries – but mostly spending time being childish with his adorable niece and nephew and maintaining an unhealthy addiction to YouTube videos.
Finance and Business Manager
Jan Geisbusch joined the Society in late 2013 as its Publications Manager, while being neither an Egyptologist nor an archaeologist (nor intending to become either). In a previous life, he earned a degree in business studies from a German university and more recently added a PhD in anthropology from University College London (on the material culture of religious practice) – an experience that convinced him that he’d rather read and deal with other people’s writings than produce his own. Over the past ten years he has worked in editorial functions for a number of journals, such as the Journal of Material Culture and Home Cultures (both based in UCL’s anthropology department). For the EES, he now also takes care of the production of its academic flagship periodical, the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, as well as its membership magazine, Egyptian Archaeology.
Fieldwork and Public Engagement Manager (Egypt)
See under Cairo Office.