Archives are considered an essential tool for research into the past and the people that constructed these narratives. However, archives require careful use and an equally careful system of formation and curation.

At the Egypt Exploration Society, the Lucy Gura Archive preserves a lasting record of archaeological remains in Egypt and Sudan collected during more than a century of exploration. As well as these unique documents, it also contains related administrative files detailing the history of British Egyptology and the characters involved in these discoveries.

Archives are therefore repositories of memory, preserving the stories of past cultures, people, societies, ideas, and relationships. They dig deeper than published narratives, giving personal insights into times past.

This workshop will introduce the processes of archiving within archaeology and the afterlife of records once their initial purpose is fulfilled. It is intended as a guide, with specific reference to procedures currently used at the Egypt Exploration Society. Different methods will suit different projects therefore, discussion and group work will form an essential aspect of the workshop.

This course is intended for those currently working in Egyptological archives or in the process of creating them for their own archaeological research project. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of archival processes and the value of keeping records for future research. Bring along your current project process documents and experience and be ready to share it with the group.

Places are FREE but strictly limited to those working in the above areas so please email [email protected] providing the following details:

  • Full name
  • Current affiliation and role
  • Statement (100 words) of why this course will help you in your career development

Applications must be received by 17:00 (Cairo time) on Monday 13th January 2020. 

The deadline has now passed. If you have already applied then successful participants will be notified by email before 20th January 2020. 


Dr Carl Graves is Director of the Egypt Exploration Society and was previously the Society’s archivist from 2013 to 2017. He has presented widely on aspects of the EES archive collections and was instrumental in the implementation of an archiving reference system and catalogue at the Society in 2014-15.