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19 December 2020

Details of the extra meeting on 3 December are given at the bottom of this page. 

 The talks this month will be 'virtual' - like the talks given in June and July 2020. Registration for the Lee Young lecture will open after Beth Asbury's talk on 3 December. 

Lee Young 'Letters From The Desert: The Story of Amice Calverley and Myrtle Broome.' 

 This lecture tells the story of the two women who worked in the 1930s, recording the great Temple of Seti I at Abydos. Not only do we have the wonderful work from the Temple produced by the women, we also have over 400 letters written by Myrtle documenting the life experienced by them in Egypt. Myrtle also painted many scenes of native life and landscapes. The presentation is illustrated with photos and beautiful paintings by the artists. 


Lee Young is an independent lecturer and researcher specialising in the work of archaeological artists in Egypt. Her particular interest is in the women artists and her book on Myrtle Broome, ‘An Artist in Abydos’ is due for publication in January 2021.   



An EXTRA MEETING was arranged for 3 December 2020 at 7 pm UK time:

The talk was 'virtual' - like the talks given in June and July 2020. 

Beth Asbury 'Maat, Morals and Justice in Ancient Egypt.'

 Morals encourage cooperation between individuals, which is useful for community survival. The Ancient Egyptians' answer to this was a belief in Maat, originally an abstract concept that became a deified entity in about 2350 BC. Documentary sources show the range of behaviour that people aspired to in order to live up to Maat but as a pragmatic society, the Egyptians did not always live up to their ideals, and historical texts also shed light on how they dealt with their criminals. 

This topic was the subject of Beth’s MPhil dissertation at the University of Birmingham.  

Saturday 18 December 2021

Speaker to be confirmed.