2018 marks the 90th birthday of a man who has been at the heart of British Egyptology for almost a century. Professor Harry Smith’s career spans archaeological excavation, textual and documentary studies, teaching, career-long involvement in the Egypt Exploration Society, Edwards Professor of Egyptology at UCL, head of department and Senior Curator of the Petrie Museum, inspired and inspirational teacher, and President of the Friends of the Petrie Museum. We hope you will join us to celebrate just some of the facets of his career.

The Buhen expedition team outside the expedition house on Christmas day 1960

The Egypt Exploration Society fieldwork team at the fortress of Buhen dig-house on Christmas day 1960. Left to right: Tony Mills, David O’Connor, Robert Deane, Margaret Drower, Molly Emery, Harry S Smith, Ricardo Caminos, and Martin Minns.


From 09.40 Doors open for registration
10.00 – 10.10 Welcome
10.10 – 10.40 Lucia Gahlin and Cédric Gobeil: Harry Smith and the PMF and EES
10.40 – 11.15 Geoffrey Martin: Harry Smith in the Sacred Animal Necropolis at Saqqara
11.15 – 11.45 Morning break
11.45 – 12.20 David Jeffreys: Vulcan of the Valley: a new Smith at Memphis
12.25 – 13.00 Robert Morkot: ‘The Lord of Nubia’: Harry Smith and the archaeology of Wawat
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.05 Paul Nicholson: The North Ibis Catacomb at Saqqara
15.05 – 15.40 Stephen Quirke: The Essence of the Future: Harry Smith at the Petrie Museum
15.40 – 16.10 Afternoon break
16.10 – 16.45 Elsbeth van der Wilt: Osiris at Saqqara
16.45 – 17.30 Final Discussion / Q&A / glass of wine


Lucia Gahlin is Chair of the Friends of the Petrie Museum and an independent researcher and lecturer.
Dr Cédric Gobeil is the Director of the Egypt Exploration Society and Field Director of the IFAO Mission at Deir el-Medina.
Professor Geoffrey Martin was the Edwards Professor at UCL and Co-Director of the Saqqara Excavations
Dr David Jeffreys was senior lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at UCL and Director of the EES Survey of Memphis.
Dr Robert Morkot is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Exeter.
Professor Paul Nicholson is Professor in Archaeology at Cardiff University and works at Saqqara and Memphis.
Professor Stephen Quirke is the Edwards Professor at UCL and Research Curator at the Petrie Museum
Dr Elsbeth van der Wilt is a post-doctoral researcher at Freie Universität Berlin and is publishing the Saqqara bronzes