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This is the 18th September 2018 updated edition of the website. Any ideas and contributions for additions to the site will be gratefully received.

 Latest: A supplement to the September edition of Hotep has been added to the website.  Hotep is under the 'About Us' tab and then under 'Hotep Newsletter'

The update of the site for the next season is complete. Our original October speaker had to cancel; Chris Naunton will now speak in October. December's meeting will be with John Wyatt.

The September 2018 meeting was the Society's twentieth birthday. Hilary Wilson gave the birthday talk, just as she gave the first back in 1998. Before her talk, Hilary gave a brief look back at the twenty seasons of the Society. All the original Committee was present in the audience - Hilary Wilson, Glenn Worthington, Norman Pease, Mark Walker, David Soper, Peter Funnel, Mary Carter and Maggie Pilling, together with Steve Wilcox who was not on the Committee but gave enormous help in the early days. Hilary mentioned Norman's original task - to be Society Secretary; a job that needed a special skill to set up a brand new Society. She mentioned Mark's contacts with the late Bob Partridge of Manchester Ancient Egypt Society. Mark put together the first talk programme and Bob's knowledge and help was essential in the Society's early years. David Soper designed the Society logo, which is shown at the top of this web page. Peter, Mary and Maggie were no less important in the creation of the Society.

Two original Committee members remain on the Committee - Hilary and Glenn. The meeting thanked them for their ongoing commitment to the Society.

Professor Peacock of Southampton University was also instrumental in the Society's formation. He sponsored our use of the University as our first venue, and gave a talk on porphyry in our first season. He was our president for many years.

Hilary mentioned some of the members we have had over the years, who are no longer with us. All made a contribution to the development of the Society. There is not room to mention them all. Elizabeth Rowe gave our first 'Members' Talk.' James McDonald, Dennis Price, Stephanie Roberts and Jack Hall were members we all remember well. Our first life member was Eve Becher, who gave a donation that was used to buy a 35 mm slide projector; this enabled the Society to have talks from speakers remaining on photographic slides, when our venue moved to PowerPoint. Our next life members were Roy and Pat Cawston, Hilary's parents, who were very active in the Society's creation and its early seasons. Going full circle, the late Terry Mason (who gained an MA in Egyptology whilst a Society member,) left money in his will, which the Society to buy a back-up data projector - an aspiration the Society has had for some time.

The Society has one living life member - Norman Pease.

The next meeting of the Society will be on 20th October and will be given by Chris Naunton: 'Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt: Why, How and What Next?'

Hoodies,' sweatshirts and polo shirts are selling well. Several members have worn them at recent meetings. They all have a woven 'Southampton Ancient Egypt Society logo,' and are available to order. Colours are white, navy or sky blue. Please see Annette at any future meeting.

Photograph. Current and former committee members at the 20th birthday meeting. Left to right, David Marriott, Susan Marriott, Keith Rider, Jenny Turner, Carol Carswell, Norman Pease, Glenn Worthington, Hilary Wilson, Annette Winter, David Soper, Nicola Simpson, Mary Carter, Mark Walker, Maggie Pilling and Peter Funnel.  

The full 2018 - 2019 programme is given below:

15 September 2018 AGM followed by:
Hilary Wilson:
 
'Many Happy Returns: Egyptian Celebrations of Rebirth and Renewal. '

20 October 2018:  
Chris Naunton:

'Searching For The Lost Tombs Of Egypt: Why, How And What Next?' 

17 November 2018: 
Lidija McNight:

'Gifts For The Gods; Animal Mummies Revealed.'

15 December 2018:
John Wyatt:
'The Other Gifts of the Nile.'

19 January 2019: 
Nigel Strudwick:

'Egyptian Decrees, Biographies, Accounts & Formulae in the Age of the Pyramids.'

16 February 2019: 
Mark Walker:

'Mummies at the Movies.'

16 March 2019:
Paul Nicholson:

'Going to the Dogs: New Work at the Catacombs of Anubis, North Saqqara.'

13 April 2019: 
Paul Collins:
'Egypt's Origins - The View From Mesopotamia and Iran.'

18 May 2019: 
Luigi Prada:

'Egypt in Rome: Obelisks and Ancient Cultural Appropriation.' 
 

15 June 2019:
Robert Morkot:
‘Gebel Barkal, The Holy Mountain of Napata’ 

20 July 2019:
Study Day with Aidan Dodson:
'Valley of the Kings.'
This is a full day and, for this meeting only in the 2018 - 2019 season, the doors open at 09.30.