15 September 2018: AGM followed by:
Hilary Wilson: ‘Many Happy Returns: Egyptian Celebrations of Rebirth and Renewal.’
Egyptian art is full of the imagery of rebirth, renewal and life after death. Examination of the amulets and jewellery placed on the body, the content of funerary texts and the subtle messages encoded in tomb decoration can help us to understand the beliefs and customs associated with regeneration, including funerary and mortuary cults and royal rituals such as the coronation and jubilee ceremonies.
Hilary was for some years an Associate Lecturer in Maths and Archaeology with the Open University. Since the 1990s she has taught Egyptology courses for the University of Southampton Continuing Education Department, the WEA and other adult learning groups as well as introducing Ancient Egypt to primary school pupils in the guise of Setkemet, 'The Egyptian Lady'. She has written several books on Ancient Egypt and is a staff contributor to Ancient Egypt Magazine. Recently retired (almost) from teaching Mathematics, she devotes her leisure time to writing Egyptian-themed fiction.