As part of the ongoing consultation process regarding the Society's future premises and library, these pages have been provided to find documents relating to the proposals and to find details of consultations that might be happening in your area. If you have any concerns about the ongoing process then please contact us via email (email@example.com) or through the office.
The Board of Trustees would like to invite members to some further consultation meetings focusing on issues raised by the survey, our vision for the future of the Society and fundraising. The meetings are open to all members, though places must be booked in advance.
|Venue||Date and time|
|The Egypt Exploration Society, London*||Saturday 6th May 2017, 13:00-15:00|
|The University of Birmingham*||CANCELLED|
|The Egypt Exploration Society, London*||Friday 12th May 2017, 12:00-14:00|
|The Current British Archaeology in Egypt conference, London (update)||Saturday 22nd July 2017, 16:45-17:30 (no booking required for the consultation meeting)|
* Please note that if fewer than 10 people reserve a place then the meeting will be cancelled.
Thank you to all members who completed the recent survey. The support the majority of you expressed for retaining a research library within the UK premises of the Society also forms part of the evolving vision of our new Director, Dr Cédric Gobeil, for the EES of the 21st century. His proposal for a research institute with a reference library and on-site archive storage in the UK, complementing a scientific programme of fieldwork, education and training, including on our own flagship sites, in Egypt, has been enthusiastically endorsed by the Board. We hope that members will be as pleased as we are that the results of the survey and the new vision complement one another, will welcome this transition and development, as we seek to realise value from our properties to put the EES on a firmer financial footing, and will support us in raising additional funds to enable that vision to be realised.
The following slides give a brief overview of the survey results and Dr Gobeil's future vision is provided beneath.
The Egypt Exploration Society is at a turning point in its 135 year history. We now face challenges that cannot be overcome unless new strategies and important transformations are implemented. The timing has thus never been so perfect to apply the necessary changes for the EES to regain its international scholarly reputation in order to be recognized as a vibrant research institution at the forefront of UK Egyptology.
Below briefly outlines the proposed direction of the Society as outlined by its director, Dr Cédric Gobeil.
It first requires the implementation of a scientific programme allowing for the development over several years of four or five main avenues of research (axes); these would constitute the backbones of the Society’s activities. Indeed, not only will they help building a coherent fieldwork strategy but they will also guide our multi-year funding strategy (see below). Defining such a programme will allow us to financially assess the costs in advance, to a greater or a lesser extent at least, to allocate specific duties to the staff, and to precisely ascertain the means and tools to successfully achieve it.
Keeping a library as well as our archives in our future premises is critical. Both are not only necessary tools for scholars and students, but they also benefit a larger audience not necessarily affiliated to other institutions. The core purpose of our current and future activities (fieldwork and research) cannot be pursued without direct access to both these tools.
A visual representation of the Society’s main activities and their support by an international community of donors.
It is proposed to “decentralize” some events by working with non-London societies and institutions in order to reach larger and more varied audiences. The Current British Archaeology in Egypt conference, reflecting the Society’s fieldwork activities, as well as the regular study day and AGM will continue to be held in London.
Operations in Egypt
The EES must reposition itself as the leader of British archaeology in Egypt by expanding its activities and presence in Egypt. In order to achieve such a goal, the EES would have to consider writing a memorandum of understanding to be signed by both the UK embassy and the Egyptian government, settling the official framework of the EES’s new status in Egypt, that of a research institution operating from a research facility. This resolve brings the Society right back to the founding purpose that Amelia Edwards designed it for: to explore, protect and preserve Egyptian monuments. It is no more than what Amelia Edwards had called for, or at least what she had hoped for. Most of all, it would create a genuine British Egyptological community in Egypt working together with our Egyptian colleagues in order to enhance our education provision.
With regard to fieldwork, it is proposed to acquire for the Society a ‘flagship’ site, one that engenders interest in our membership, delivers on our promise of educational activities in the form of fieldschools and allows for ongoing cultural heritage management programme with local communities. The successful and popular Centenary Awards programme would be continued, as well as a limited number of grants dedicated to proposals that fit within the Society’s scientific programme as outlined above.
Scholars of the future
Training is now, more than ever, a crucial factor of all missions working in Egypt and the Society should rise up to this immediately by providing opportunities for training in the field and broad research grants to support their university research. Steps have already been taken in this direction, and the recent Egyptian Archaeology Skills School is an indicator for the necessity of providing these opportunities.
The sale of the Doughty Mews property will help to create an endowment fund that would partially secure the EES’ future and the continuation of some of its activities. However, the interest received from this endowment would not secure the Society’s future in the long run and in order to realise the future outlined above, the Society must explore other sustainable business models and particularly consider focusing on developing a fundraising strategy which you will hear more about very soon.
Download a copy of Dr Gobeil's vision here.