1-2pm (UK) / 3-4pm (Egypt) | This lecture will be recorded, register to be sent a video link

This Tuesday Spotlight lecture within our wider theme of 'Egypt on the eve of ‘independence’' will present notable characters in Egyptology around the time of Egypt’s granting of independence from British rule in 1922.

Ahmed Pasha Kamal, known as the first Egyptian Egyptologist, was the graduate of the first systematic school of Egyptology founded in Egypt directed by Heinrich Brugsch in 1870. He had to start his career as a teacher of the German Language. In 1872, he worked as a translator at the governmental Diwan founded by Ali Mubarak, translator at the Education Ministry, translator at the Egyptian Post, and other governmental offices until reaching the antiquities service. In 1881, he was promoted to work as a translator at the Bulaq Museum. This lecture aims to present a review of the life and career of Ahmed Kamal and his contribution to Egyptology.


Dr Fatma Keshk is an Egyptologist, a heritage outreach expert and a storyteller. Through her work at archaeological sites in Egypt, Sudan and Europe, Fatma developed her expertise in archaeology and also in heritage outreach. Her encounter with the local communities allowed her to explore the overwhelming richness of Egyptian heritage, how it is perceived and how it can be regenerated through and for its people. She worked with several local and international institutions and was the director of the archaeology and architecture section at the center of documentation of cultural and natural heritage at the Library of Alexandria. She acts as a consultant for projects and institutions in the fields of archaeological site management, heritage outreach and community engagement. Her current research concentrates on reconstructing the unknown history of Egyptian Egyptology and on exploring the perceptions of history by contemporary Egyptians. In 2019, she founded her own initiative "The Place and the People" for heritage outreach and education.

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