As a child I had always been interested in ancient Egypt, but as often happens … life got in the way. However, for a significant birthday (with an ‘0’ on the end) I went on a Nile Cruise and had a week’s stay in Luxor. The rest, as they say, is history!
As fate would have it, upon my return, the University of Liverpool was running part-time degree programmes. This allowed me to combine work and study. Five years later I was awarded a first-class degree with a distinction in Egyptology and Archaeology. Still, my passion was inflamed not quenched and I hurriedly embarked upon a Masters, also at the University of Liverpool. After which I began studying for my PhD, which I was awarded in 2016. All my post-graduate research has focused on images of women from ancient Egypt. I am fascinated by the manner in which the female form is represented, particularly the use of abstraction and nudity, which are rarely utilised in depictions of men.
I have been teaching adult education classes for ten years. I consider myself an art historian but of antique subject matter. My lectures focus on the material culture of ancient Egypt, examining what the objects and archaeological remains can reveal about the people who made and utilised them. It is a game of detection and the clues are priceless.
In addition, I am chair of Wirral Ancient Egypt Society
We meet once a month in Bebington, on the Wirral for a lecture, lively discussion and most importantly, coffee and biscuits. We host a variety of speakers including professionals, students, and expert-amateurs! Members and non-members are very welcome to attend the meetings; currently these have also been held by Zoom and again non-members are encouraged to join us.
Following my first trip to Egypt in 1999, I have returned many times. There is always something new to see, as we do so with fresh eyes and new knowledge. I enjoy clambering in tombs, wandering in temples and sometimes, just staring out at the Theban hills and imagining what once was.
A close second to being on Egyptian soil is to visit museums worldwide. It is fascinating to see how galleries have interpreted and presented the material culture of ancient Egypt. Objects tell many stories and curators present different narratives. At Wirral Ancient Egypt Society, we have been on a number of group trips over the past few years; this has included Leiden, Munich, and Budapest, who knows where we will visit next?