Location: The Egypt Exploration Society, 3 Doughty Mews, London, WC1N 2PG, UK

The Society is looking for a team of volunteers to assist the Collections Manager in rehousing over 5000 fragile glass plate negatives in summer 2019 at our London office. Two teams of up to five volunteers will be selected to receive training from EES staff and to spend three weeks (Wednesday-Fridays, 10:00-16:00) delicately rehousing the negatives.

The unique collections of glass plate negatives date from the late 19th century and document some of the earliest archaeological exploration at Abydos, Armant, and Sawama featuring individuals such as William Matthew Flinders Petrie and Walter Bryan Emery, as well as artefacts now found in museums across the world.

Many of the negatives provide evidence for the history of the excavation of these monuments and sites that are no longer visible like this image showing the entrance to the Osireion at Abydos in 1925. This tunnel was first cleared by Margaret Murray and Hilda Petrie for the Egyptian Research Account in 1902-3, though the monument was never fully cleared until the Egypt Exploration Society completed its work in 1925.

This opportunity would suit students hoping to gain further experience of archival management and techniques or those with previous archival experience. No qualifications are necessary, but a knowledge of archive standards and a passion for Egyptology is desirable.

In order to apply for this opportunity, please send an email to Stephanie Boonstra ([email protected]) with the subject heading ‘Archive Volunteer Application’ expressing your interest in the role and any experience you think would be helpful for your application. Please also indicate which of the following three-week volunteering periods you would prefer to participate in:

  • 19 June – 5 July 2019
  • 17 July – 2 August 2019

Expressions of interest should be no more than 750 words and you can attach your CV to the email. Applications must be received by 17:00 on Thursday 9 May 2019. Applicants may be invited for interview (in person or by phone) on Friday 31 May.

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you to the archives!