Amelia Edwards Projects
As a small organization we have always relied on the generosity of our members and supporters to assist our work in the field. We know that people like to donate directly towards exploration and excavation in Egypt and we know that every penny counts in the race against time to explore and record the many sites throughout the Nile Delta.
Egypt remains as threatened today as it was in Miss Edwards’ time and in the spirit of her appeal to benefactors over a century ago the Society, in 2008, invited members to become personal supporters and patrons of individual projects. This new way of funding our work emphasises the fact that the Society has always relied on the generosity of its members to support its endeavours and, in honour of our supporters since Miss Edwards' first appeal, these projects are collectively known as the ‘Amelia Edwards Projects’.
Each project chosen has a clearly defined goal; something that can be achieved within a short space of time and for a relatively small amount of money. The funding for every Amelia Project comes entirely from people like you and we choose each project with extreme care, making every effort to ensure that you see the impact and difference that your donation makes to our teams on the ground - where it matters most.
Amelia Edwards Appeal 2010
In 2010 all of the money raised by our supporters went directly towards work at Tell Basta and Tell Mutubis (pictured), both fascinating sites in the Nile Delta, and both desperately in need of your support to ensure that their projects could take place.
Our teams needed to raise £15,000 before Spring 2011 or the work simply would not happen - and we succeeded!
To read about how the support of our donors directly benefitted these projects click the relevant link.
Amelia Edwards Appeal 2008
The first Amelia Edwards Projects appeal drew on the range of project that the Society now undertakes in Egypt and the UK and, through the generosity of our supporters, fully funded three fascinating projects that would not have been able to continue their work without your support.
In the Delta site of Gebel Ramla, Jo Rowland had a race against time to uncover the archaeology of the northern gezira and falcon necropolis at this site before amodern prison was built on this site. At Luxor, Angus Graham's drill core survey as part of the Karnak Land- and Waterscapes Project was able to answer (and propose) new questions on the origins and development of the temple site at Karnak. Whilst lastly, Chris Naunton was able to begin work in building a digital Oral History archive of the experiences and memories of Egyptologists drawing on interviews present (and past) to record the personal histories of some of the major players in the subject in the UK. See here for further details.
It is truly remarkable how much work is achieved by the teams on such a modest budget. As always donations of any size are warmly welcomed, but anyone contributing £250 or more will become a member of the ‘Amelia Edwards Group’. Group members will be invited to a special event where they will have a chance to meet the Field Directors and to see at first hand the results that have been achieved thanks to their contributions.
Why have people like you donated to the Amelia projects in the past?
“The Amelia Edwards projects show what can actually be achieved quickly and with limited funding. The added bonus is that donors to such projects are able to feel a direct and immediate connection to the project.”
One member explains their reason for getting involved:
“Amelia Edwards is one of my personal heroines so the chance to build on her legacy was very appealing. I really valued the sense of connection with the chosen projects, the chance to understand how my gift was helping to further knowledge about Egypt and to support the work of the younger generation of scholars and excavators. I think Amelia would have approved!”