Hello, and a special welcome to our newest Ambassadors as our select group continues to grow, spreading the word about the Society far and wide as we follow in the footsteps of our founder, the great Amelia Edwards!

Just back from Bristol, Amelia’s home for the second half of her life, we met up with fellow Ambassador Vanessa Foott doing sterling work promoting the Society across so much of the south-west, joining her to ‘leaflet’ the lecture theatre where we gave the first of Bristol Museum’s Winter Lectures. In a talk entitled ‘From Egypt’s first mummies to the secrets of Horemkenesi’, Stephen Buckley and myself discussed the results of our last 30 years’ research, including work on the mummy of Horemkenesi which was discovered by the Egypt Exploration Fund (as the Society was then known) over the winter of 1904-1905. Found in a reused tomb at Deir el-Bahri, Horemkenesi and his nest of coffins ended up in Bristol Museum which had long supported the EEF’s work. And having first sampled his remains back in 1996 to establish how he’d been embalmed, we revisited him last week in a new project to learn more about how he had lived his life back in the C.11th BC.

     

But we couldn’t leave Bristol without also calling in at Henbury to pay our respects to Amelia herself, buried beneath a splendid stone ankh and obelisk within a very well-tended churchyard which even, rather surprisingly, has its own grove of palm trees.

So having helped unveil a blue plaque outside Amelia’s early home in London’s Islington back in 2015 alongside Margaret Mountford, Chris Naunton, Chris Elliott and others, it therefore felt appropriate to also visit the last resting place of this ‘founding mother of British Egyptology’, to remember her remarkable contribution to the subject we all love so much and be inspired to think up new ways to support the society she created.

Left to right, back row, Dr Chris Naunton, Prof. Geoffrey Martin and Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling, front Chris Elliott, Dr Margaret Mountford and me wearing what Chris Elliot dubbed my ‘Team Amelia’ t-shirt (courtesy English Heritage & Chris Elliott)