Abydos: the sacred land at the western horizon

Abydos: the sacred land at the western horizon

Thursday 9 July & Friday 10 July 2015, 10.00-18.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Colloquium:£50, Members/concessions £30
Joint ticket (Colloquium and Sackler lecture) £65, Members/concessions (Colloquium and Sackler lecture) £40
Undergraduate and postgraduate students (UK Universities) £20 for joint ticket

Abydos is one of the most fascinating sites of Egypt. Chosen as the burial ground for the first kings of Egypt, it inevitably became a site of great antiquity, and its ancient sanctity may have been a factor in conferring legitimacy on the royal individuals buried there. The site soon became the cult centre for Egypt’s most popular god, Osiris, who ruled the netherworld and guaranteed every Egyptian eternal life after death. As a result of continued ritual performance, endowments and pilgrimage, a vast landscape of chapels and tombs, temples and towns, developed. For millennia, Abydos was one of the most consecrated sites of Egypt. Since the end of the 19th century, archaeologists have made surprising discoveries revealing the historical and cultural richness of the site. This colloquium aims at contextualising the most recent fieldwork by including object studies and research on broader patterns of ritual, urban and economic activity. In this two-day conference, leading academic colleagues will address the social and cultural dynamics of an ever-changing landscape serving a unique ritual narrative.

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology 2015 will be held in conjunction with the colloquium, in the BP Lecture Theatre, on Thursday 9 July at 18.00:
At the gate of the ancestors: saint cults and the politics of the past at Abydos
The lecture will be presented by Janet Richards, University of Michigan, USA.
This can be booked as part of a joint ticket price from this page. To book only for the Sackler lecture a separate event page has been set up

A full programme and abstracts will be published here nearer the time. Please note: when booking a ticket for the Colloquium, only the date 9 July will show during the booking process but any ticket purchased is for both days. Concessions are British Museum Members, Egypt Exploration Society members, British Egyptian Society members, and Sudan Archaeological Research Society members. 


An Etruscan affair: the impact of early Etruscan discoveries on European culture

An Etruscan affair: the impact of early Etruscan discoveries on European culture

Friday 29 & Saturday 30 May 2015
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£70, Members/students £35

This conference considers how rich and exciting Etruscan discoveries in Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria inspired artists, architects, scholars and some of the earliest tourists.

The conference includes 15 papers and the Barker Etruscan lecture, kindly funded by Graham Barker, numismatist and British Museum Member:
Burials, bandits and bucchero: Dennis of Etruria
Dr Tom Rasmussen, University of Manchester

Includes buffet lunch, lecture and reception on the Friday, and refreshments on both days.

Thanks to our sponsor, the conference has 20 free places available for full-time students: applicants should not book but send details of their course and institution to greeceandrome@britishmuseum.org 


Challenging colonial legacies today: museums and communities in Australia and East Africa

Challenging colonial legacies today: museums and communities in Australia and East Africa

Saturday 2 May 2015, 9.30-17.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£10, Members/concessions £5

This one-day conference will bring together an international panel of speakers to consider how museums in both the metropole and the periphery of what was ‘empire’ are challenging colonial legacies through contemporary museum practice. Through a comparative focus on Australia and East Africa, the conference will consider the contribution which museums and their collections can make in building new and strong local communities.

Conference Chair
Professor Howard Morphy, Australian National University

Speakers – Australia
Jilda Andrews, Australian National University/National Museum of Australia
Dr Louise Hamby, Australian National University
Dr Ian Coates, National Museums of Australia
John Carty, Australian National Univeristy

Speakers – Eastern Africa
Dr Sada Mire, University of East Anglia
Professor Annie Coombes, Birbeck, University of London
Nelson Abiti, University of East Anglia and Uganda Museum
Dr John Giblin, British Museum

The full programme will appear here nearer the time. 


The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology

At the gate of the ancestors: saint cults and the politics of the past at Abydos

Thursday 9 July 2015, 18.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Sackler lecture and reception only £25, Members/concessions (Sackler lecture and reception only) £20

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology 2015 will be held in conjunction with the annual Egyptological colloquium. The lecture will be presented by Janet Richards, University of Michigan, USA.

Sackler lecture and reception £25, concessions £20
Joint ticket (Sackler lecture and colloquium) £65, concessions £40, undergraduate and postgraduate students (UK universities) £20
Concessions are British Museum Members, Egypt Exploration Society members, British Egyptian Society members, and Sudan Archaeological Research Society members

Please note, to book a joint ticket for the Annual Egyptological Colloquium and Sackler lecture/reception together please visit the main Annual Egyptological Colloquium booking page where joint ticket prices are available.