The Lucy Gura Archive of the Egypt Exploration Society contains thousands of glass-plate negatives documenting the very earliest years of British archaeology in Egypt. From Petrie’s earliest work in the cemeteries of Abydos through to the excavations of the sacred Buchis bull catacombs in the Bucheum at Armant (ancient Hermonthis),
they preserve some of the most significant sites from Egypt’s Pharaonic past.

In 2008 all of the glass-plate negative collections were cleaned and digitised and in 2012–13, many of these slides were subsequently rehoused in archive-standard boxes. However, some 5000 were never rehoused and are at risk of irreparable damage during the forthcoming premises relocation. In order to preserve the negatives for future generations of researchers, they must be rehoused before the move.

Funds are required to employ a professional conservator and to train a team of assistants to help in this project. Materials are required and any remaining funds will be used in the provision of dedicated shelving for these negatives in the new premises.

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will help us to achieve our goal. Contributions of £500 or more will be recognized in our annual Impact Report and a personal gift thanking you for your generosity from our Director.