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2015-16 Annual Report and Accounts, 2016 AGM, and a message from the Chair and Director

Annual Report and Accounts for 2015-16

The Society’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2015-16 have recently been published and are now available here.

As usual, a summary has also been produced and is now being mailed to members. This is also available here.

This year the summary has been completely redesigned so as to incorporate the new logo (on which see this short article by Carl Graves), and to convey the Society’s achievements during what has been a particularly busy year – even by our standards! – much more visually than in the past.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The mailing to members also includes the notices for this year’s Annual General Meeting which will take place at the School of Oriental and African Studies on Saturday 15 October 2016. Full details are here. This year’s meeting will last slightly longer than usual in order to incorporate discussion of a strategic review which the Trustees have undertaken in recent months. A message from the Chair and Director included within the AGM notices (pp. 2-3) explains the discussion and decisions taken so far.

The notices also include a proxy form for any member unable to attend the meeting to cast their votes on the business to be transacted on the day. The form can be found on p. 7 and should be completed and returned to the Society’s offices (by post) by 3.00 pm on Thursday 13 October.

Study Day and new publication: Temple Ritual at Abydos

Finally, the AGM will, as usual, be preceded by a study day, this year on the theme of the Society's historic work at the site of Abydos. This day will involve several short talks on the history of the Society's involvement at the site, a film on Omm Sety, the eccentric English lady who believed she had been a consort of Sety I himself in a former life and lived most of her life in the vicinty of the temple, and a lecture by the Vice-President of the EES, Professor Rosalie David.

The event has been designed to celebrate the publication of a new edition of Professor David's Temple Ritual at Abydos. This is a scholarly guide to the temple of Sety I at the site and the ritual activities that took place there, in one of the most finely decorated monuments to survive from ancient times. The temple was recorded by Amice Calverley and Myrtle Broome on behalf of the Society in the first half of the Twentieth Century and many of the drawings they produced accompany Professor David's text thus making these important and beautiful records available again for the first time in many years. The volume can now be pre-ordered (here) and will be available for purchase on the day.

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