Archives are becoming more and more important in archaeology as decades of data regarding monuments, excavation, and survey become more accessible to new generations of researchers. These records have become historical documents in their own right, as well as records of conservation and colonial attitudes in the past.

The Egypt Exploration Society (EES) is running a five-day Egyptological Archives Skills School in Cairo from the 5-9th June, which aims to give ten Egyptian early career researchers working with archives the opportunity to learn basic archiving principles including international standards of cataloguing and digitisation, as well as fundamental skills for researching and interpreting archives for wider engagement. This Skills School is in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the American Research Center in Egypt, and l'Institut français d'archéologie orientale and is generously supported by the British Council. Specialist materials have been kindly provided by Conservation by Design.

The week will include:

  • Sessions on international archiving standards (ISAD), referencing and cataloguing systems, digitisation, and copyright
  • Practical sessions on archive handling and conservation-grade archive housing
  • Advice on making archive collections accessible and engaging online
  • Site visits to Cairo-based Egyptological archives including those at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA), the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (EMC), the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), and Institut français d'archéologie orientale (Ifao)
  • A practical assessment using the Museum's collection, the EES archive, and the ARCE library

Attendees will be expected to complete a 500-word object or site biography using online archival resources by the end of the week and to present this for 5 minutes to the rest of the School. Those that complete this activity and have attended the full week will receive a certificate of attendance and may then be offered one of four scholarships for a month visit to the UK in September 2022 (see below).

How to Apply

Participants will be expected to already hold a position in an archive based in Egypt or an institution in Egypt holding one, or be involved in the management of archaeological data. Participants must complete the application form, available here. A supporting letter from their institution/supervisor on institutional letterhead must be provided by the applicant in the same email as their application, as separate files. Applications that do not include a supporting letter will be disregarded.

Ordinarily, no more than one person per institution may be selected but exceptions may be made in some circumstances. The course will be free for delegates to attend, thanks to the generosity of the British Council. A limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries are available for participants attending from outside of Cairo; please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for this.

Applications have now closed

The deadline for applications and supporting letters is Thursday 21 April 2022 17:00 (GMT).

Visiting scholarships

Four attendees from the Egyptological Archives Skills School will be selected, based on their assessment and overall participation in the Skills School, to receive a scholarship to visit to the UK in September 2022. Travel and accommodation will be covered thanks to the generous support of the British Council. Consideration is conditional on the full attendance of the Skills School and successful completion of the Skills School assessment. This opportunity is only open to Skills School attendees. 


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