After thousands of years, the legacy of the Ancient Egyptians continues to captivate. This October, leading experts shed new light on this mysterious civilisation at City Lit's annual Egyptology day, delivered in partnership with the Egypt Exploration Society. No prior knowledge is required - just bring your curiosity!

10.30 Welcome and introduction

10.35-11.30 Scepticism, Subversion and Satire in Ancient Egypt - Michael Duigan

Was the ‘cosmic order’ created by a divine pharaoh a state-sponsored myth? Does selective and partial evidence mislead us? There are indications that this ideology might sometimes be questioned and challenged.

11.30-12.00 Refreshments

12.00-13.00 Textiles and fashion in Ancient Egypt - Rosalind Janssen

What can surviving textiles tell us about the minutiae of daily life in Ancient Egypt? We will consider how the Egyptians wove such fine linen, what other fabrics were available, how they pleated their party dresses, and how often and they washed their underwear.

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.00 1000 Miles along the Nile - the story of Amelia Edwards - Lorna Oakes

Amelia Edwards was an intrepid traveller and prolific writer in Victorian times. Her most famous book was 1000 Miles along the Nile and describes her trip to Egypt in 1873. Not only does she vividly describe the monuments but writes in engaging detail about her many exploits including her party’s ‘spring cleaning’ of the statue of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel.

15.00-15.30 Break – café open 

15.30-16.30 The Egypt Exploration Society: Pioneers of British archaeology in Egypt – Carl Graves

This presentation will introduce the Egypt Exploration Society, from its foundation by Miss Amelia Edwards in 1882 through to its current excavations and activities as the UK’s largest crowd-funding organisation supporting fieldwork and research in Egyptology.