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05.07.2011

An Evening of Celebration

On Tuesday 28th June a mixture of press, potential funders, industry contacts and charity directors convened at the Middle East Association in Green Park for an EES-hosted reception entitled ‘The Future of Archaeology in the New Egypt’. Supported by the Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce (EBCC), the evening provided an ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of the Society, to build relationships with key partners from the Council of British Archaeology, Royal Geographical Society, Middle East Association, British Expertise amongst others.

Key-note speeches were given by Drs Karen Exell and Patricia Spencer and by the Secretary-General of the EBCC, Mr Taher El-Sherif, who stressed the importance of our work and the potential for development within the new Egyptian environment. The evening was an exciting opportunity to explain the importance of who we are and what we do and a chance to pro-actively seek support for the future.

Dr Karen Exell, the Society's Chair with Dr Nader Matter, the Egyptian Cultural Councillor and a Vice President of the EES.

"The Society has been working in Egypt for 130 years and has developed strong relationships with relevant government ministers, Egyptian archaeologists and local communities. The Society is now looking to increase its input into education and skills development through archaeological field schools so that Egypt’s heritage can continue to receive the care it deserves. In order to do this, as well as maintain other core activities, the Society, a charity, needs to increase charitable donations. Events such as this one allow the Society to spread the word about its work, and it was wonderful to be able to meet so many interested and supportive people who have the potential to help us in the future". Dr Karen Exell, Chair

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