Museums across the UK and around the world are currently closed due to the global coronavirus pandemic; however, much work on Egyptological collections in the UK is still being done. Join Egyptological curators from around the UK as they share their personal favourite items in their collections in the Egypt Exploration Society's first ever Virtual Study Day on Saturday 13 June.

This event is a reconfigured version of the Society's usual London summer Study Day. This Virtual Study Day is free and open to anyone interested in Egyptology and museums.


12:30 Study Day Webinar open
13:00-13:30 A Memphite Amulet Workshop in Leicester, Dr Stephanie Boonstra, The Egypt Exploration Society
13:30-14:00 The King and I: An Unusual Private/Royal Ramesside Statue from Deir el-Medina, Dr Margaret Maitland, National Museums Scotland
14:00-14:30 Still Building Bolton’s Egypt, Ian Trumble, Bolton Library and Museum Services
14:30-15:00 The Book of the Dead of Ramose: A hidden gem in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Dr Helen Strudwick, The Fitzwilliam Museum
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-16:00 Best Foot Forward: Retracing the ‘Steps’ of a Petrie Museum Icon, Dr Anna Garnett, The Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology
16:00-16:30 The Princess who never became King: A relief of Princess in the Egypt Centre, Dr Kenneth Griffin, the Egypt Centre, Swansea University
16:30-17:00 The Ramesses Girdle in Liverpool, Dr Ashley Cooke, Liverpool World Museum
17:00-17:30 Talking objects: Object biographies at Manchester Museum, Dr Campbell Price, Manchester Museum

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Dr Stephanie Boonstra is the Collections Manager at the Egypt Exploration Society and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. Prior to this, she worked as the Egyptology Museum Curator at New Walk Museum in Leicester where she curated the new permanent galleries ‘Life and Death in Ancient Egypt’. Her research focus is on the production of small finds (particularly amulets) in ancient Egypt and her PhD explored the scarab workshops of the early Eighteenth Dynasty.

Dr Margaret Maitland is Principal Curator of the Ancient Mediterranean and Head of the Mediterranean, Africa, Americas, and Oceania Section at National Museums Scotland and leads the Scottish Egyptology Collections Network. Margaret initially worked at the British Museum, where she helped curate the UK touring exhibition 'Pharaoh: King of Egypt'. She carried out fieldwork in the tomb-chapels of Beni Hassan and has participated in various excavations, including at Kom Firin with the British Museum. Her 2017 exhibition, 'The Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Burial', explored the story of a Theban tomb and she was lead curator for the gallery 'Ancient Egypt Rediscovered' that opened at the NMS in February 2019. In 2019, she held an Art Fund Headley Fellowship for her research on pioneering Scottish archaeologist Alexander Henry Rhind.

Ian Trumble is the Curator of Archaeology, Egyptology and World Cultures at Bolton Library and Museum Services. The core of this role is the responsibility of the 12,000 strong collection of ancient Egyptian and Sudanese antiquities. In 2018, Ian curated the new permanent ‘Bolton’s Egypt’ galleries at Bolton Museum; five rooms displaying over 2000 objects and culminating in a full-scale facsimile of the burial chamber of Thutmose III. Ian achieved his degrees from Manchester and Sheffield and his current research interests are the History of Egyptology and the rise of ‘local’ Egyptology.

Dr Anna Garnett is the Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology, University College London and a Trustee of the Egypt Exploration Society. She earned her PhD from the University of Liverpool and currently works on ceramic assemblages at Amarna with the Amarna Project.

Dr Helen Strudwick studied archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean at Liverpool, but rapidly specialised in Egyptology. She has been field director of the Cambridge Theban Tombs project since 1994. Since 2001 she has worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Together with Julie Dawson (the museum’s Head of Conservation) she curated a major exhibition on ancient Egyptian coffins, focussing on the development of coffins and the funerary industry more generally in pharaonic Egypt. She leads an interdisciplinary project investigating the Fitzwilliam’s Egyptian coffins collection. She currently also Interim Head of Collections, Programmes and Research at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Dr Kenneth Griffin is Collections Access Manager of the Egypt Centre, Swansea University. His association with the Egypt Centre first began in 2000 as a volunteer. Over the past two decades, he has been researching the collection, including publishing a number of the objects. Prior to his appointment as the Collections Access Manager, he was a lecturer in Egyptology at Swansea University. He has visited Egypt on over 50 occasions and, since 2010, has excavated at Abydos, Western Thebes, and Sai Island (Sudan).

Dr Ashley Cooke has worked in museums for over twenty years and has over a decade of experience in fieldwork projects in Egypt, working at Zawiyet Umm el-Rackham, Tell Abqa’in, Saqqara and the Valley of the Kings. He graduated from the University of Liverpool with a PhD specialising in Old Kingdom architecture. Ashley is Lead Curator of Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities at National Museums Liverpool (World Museum), where he is in charge of collections from the ancient world, including 20,000 items from Egypt and Sudan. Ashley began his career studying tomb architecture, published as The Architecture of Mastaba Tombs in the Unas Cemetery (2020), and his main interests are now more object-led with focus on the people behind the acquisition of museum collections. Ashley is currently cataloguing the collection of Amy Urlin who worked at Abydos for the Egypt Exploration Fund with her sister, Hilda, and brother-in-law, Flinders Petrie.

Dr Campbell Price has been Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum since 2011 and recently curated the ‘Golden Mummies of Egypt’ touring exhibition. He is Vice-Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society, and an Honorary Research Fellow in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.