Dear members,

It isn’t long since I last wrote to you, but I wanted this note to go out in our December newsletter.

November was a busy month for meetings: Val chaired meetings of the fundraising working group and the outreach group, and is writing separately about them. Thanks to John Billman, Tilly Burton and Keith Raffan for their valuable input. The finance committee and the full Board also held their regular quarterly meetings. 

We have been working with Knight Frank, our agents, to prepare the documentation for putting Doughty Mews on the market in January. They are also acting for us in our search for new premises; at this early stage, they have been asked to let us have details of properties over a wide area, to give us a preliminary idea of what is available where and at what cost.  

Sadly, our business manager, Martha Blackwell, is leaving us in February. We have advertised for her successor and Sue Preston, Cedric and I will be interviewing a number of applicants next week. 

As you know, we are committed to retaining the library as a research facility. Many thanks (again) to Tilly  for her work in separating from the catalogue books which are duplicate or whose subject matter lies outside our core areas of research, as a result of which I have been able to offer these surplus books to a number of institutions in the UK.  From 1 April the library will be available for research only, not for borrowing.

It was good to see members at the joint Friends of the Petrie Museum/EES study day on Saturday, where we had four fascinating lectures on Deir el-Medina from Cedric and his wife, Anne-Claire Salmas.  Thanks to Jan Picton and to Carl for all their hard work in organising it.

And thank you all for your support this year.

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2018,

Margaret Mountford