02 Sep 2021

The Edwards Appeal

Help us to secure Amelia's legacy by supporting our autumn 2021 appeal.


A chance visit to Egypt in 1873 by Amelia Edwards changed the future of British Egyptology forever. Her travelogue, A Thousand Miles Up the Nile, would inspire generations after her to take up her message to support and promote Egyptian cultural heritage. While the way we do this has changed a lot since Amelia’s time, that message remains strong and continues to inspire us, the Egypt Exploration Society, to continue her mission.

2022 marks 140 years since Amelia founded the Egypt Exploration Society, the organisation tasked with delivering her mission. That’s why we want to, for the first time, reprint her bestselling work ensuring that proceeds will support the organisation she set up and further that mission. Bringing together archives at the EES itself as well as original artwork by Amelia kept at the Griffith Institute and Somerville College, both University of Oxford, and the Peggy Joy Egyptology Library, this will be the first colour version of A Thousand Miles Up the Nile ever produced. After more than 140 years, readers will be able to truly experience Amelia’s famous journey. A new introduction by Dr Carl Graves (EES) and Dr Anna Garnett (UCL) will provide context and commentary on Amelia’s original narrative and her legacy for Egyptology today – the essential companion to the book.

But we need your help to make this a reality. Your kind contributions will help to cover the production costs to ensure that sales go to supporting the EES and its ongoing work. If you make a generous donation of £500 then we will print your name in the book itself and we will also send you a copy when it is printed in 2022.Those generously contributing £2000 will also be named in the book, receive a copy, and will also become part of our Amelia Edwards’ Circle where we’ll keep you updated on Amelia’s legacy.

Please, help us to mark Amelia’s achievement by ensuring that her legacy continues.

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