The Egypt Exploration Society is at a turning point in its 135 year history. We now face challenges that cannot be overcome unless new strategies and important transformations are implemented. The timing has thus never been so perfect to apply the necessary changes for the EES to regain its international scholarly reputation in order to be recognized as a vibrant research institution at the forefront of UK Egyptology.

Below briefly outlines the proposed direction of the Society as outlined by its director, Dr Cédric Gobeil.

Scientific programme
The first requirement is the implementation of a scientific programme allowing for the development over several years of four or five main axes of research, constituting the backbone of the Society’s activities. Indeed, not only will they help to build a coherent fieldwork strategy but they will also guide our multi-year funding strategy (see below). Defining such a programme will allow us to assess financial costs in advance, at least approximately; to allocate specific duties to the staff, and to precisely ascertain the means and tools for its successful realisation.

Research facilities
Keeping a library as well as our archives in our future premises is critical. Both are not only necessary tools for scholars and students, but they also benefit a larger audience not necessarily affiliated to other institutions. The core purpose of our current and future activities (fieldwork and research) cannot be pursued without direct access to both these tools.

Events programme
It is proposed to “decentralize” some events by working with non-London societies and institutions in order to reach larger and more varied audiences. The Current British Archaeology in Egypt conference, reflecting the Society’s fieldwork activities, as well as the regular study day and AGM will continue to be held in London.

Operations in Egypt
The EES must reposition itself as the leader of British archaeology in Egypt by expanding its activities and presence in Egypt to bring the Society right back to the founding purpose that Amelia Edwards envisaged: to explore, protect and preserve Egyptian monuments. We aim to create a genuine British Egyptological community in Egypt working together with our Egyptian colleagues in order to enhance our education provision. With regard to fieldwork, we intend to apply for a concession for a ‘flagship’ site, one that engenders interest in being an EES member, delivers on our promise of educational activities in the form of field schools and allows for an ongoing cultural heritage management programme with local communities. The successful and popular Centenary Awards programme would be continued, as well as a limited number of grants dedicated to proposals that fit within the Society’s scientific programme as outlined above.

Scholars of the future
Training is more than ever a crucial factor of all missions working in Egypt and the Society should rise to the challenge by providing opportunities for training in the field and research grants to support university research. Steps have already been taken in this direction, the success of the recent Egyptian Archaeology Skills School is an indicator for the necessity of providing these opportunities.

Fundraising strategy
The sale of the Doughty Mews property will help to create an investment fund that would partially secure the Society's future and the continuation of some of its activities. This will, however, not be sufficient in the long run, and in order to realise the vision just outlined the Society still needs to develop a sustainable business model. In particular this will mean focusing on a fundraising strategy that Trustees, management and others have now begun to develop.