The Egypt Exploration Society’s Lucy Gura Archive contains thousands of unique items relating to the history of UK Egyptology and excavations in Egypt and Sudan dating from 1882. The Ricardo Caminos Library contains approximately 20,000 books, journals and pamphlets on Egyptology, including many rare volumes.

Volunteers are sought to assist Stephanie Boonstra, Collections Manager, in a number of digitisation projects. Only one volunteer is needed for each project.

  • Scanning the Saqqara Sacred Animal Necropolis object cards (SAQ-SAN.OC)
    This collection contains object cards relating to The Egypt Exploration Society excavations at the Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara, seasons from 1964 to 1971.
  • Scanning the Armant field notes
    This collection contains the field notes regarding The Egypt Exploration Society excavations at Armant, seasons from 1928 to 1932, and from 1935 to 1938.
  • Scanning the covers and contents of historical Egypt travel magazines, such as Egypt and the Sudan and Egypt Travel Magazine
    This library collection contains issues of these travel magazines from the 1920s to 1970s. The covers feature art from contemporary Egyptian artists and the contents contain articles written by notable characters in Egyptology.
    This project may be especially interesting for a student interested in the history of Egyptology.

These projects are to ensure the long-term preservation of the information contained in the material by reducing handling and to make them more accessible to researchers online via the Society’s Flickr feed, archive catalogue, and Collection Highlights page.

Each volunteer placement will be expected to culminate with the submission of a Collection Highlight, which may be posted on the Society’s website. Opportunities for public presentation of project work can also be arranged.

Applicants for the voluntary position should send their expression of interest for the role (no more than 500 words), their CV, and an indication as to which project they are interested in to [email protected] by 17:00 on Friday 13th December 2019.

You should demonstrate an interest in the Society’s charitable mission, as well as noting any prior archive digitisation experience you have. The Society would expect each project to take the successful candidate one day per week (Mon-Thurs, 10:30-16:30) for two to three months, based in the London office. Please indicate in your email which day you would be able to commit per week in order to perform the scanning. Placements will begin in late January 2020 at the earliest but may start later depending on availability. 

The Society has limited volunteer opportunities, so these positions are expected to be short term placements until the project has been completed. We are unable to offer any out-of-pocket expenses to volunteers or placement students.