West Midlands Egyptology Society

March Talk!

Rachael Cornwell: The Linguistic Spiral in the History of the Egyptian Language – Wednesday 11th March

Rachael is a 2nd year PhD candidate in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, funded by the AHRC. Her research is focused on the linguistic changes over the history of the Egyptian language from Old Egyptian to Coptic, and her thesis is focused on the changes between synthetic and analytic forms in the diachronic development of Egyptian. Her wider research interests involve comparative linguistics, and she has also undertaken research in comparing various aspects of the ancient Egyptian and ancient Greek languages. Rachael also organises the University of Liverpool’s Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Work in Progress seminar series.
As the world’s longest attested language, Egyptian offers a unique opportunity to study language development, and the multitude of linguistic changes which occurred to its variety of verbal constructions.

This talk will investigate the creation of the pattern known as the linguistic spiral or linguistic cycle in a variety of Egyptian verbal constructions, which was constructed through the accumulated impacts of individual linguistic changes.
In particular this will involve studying the developments of verbal constructions from Old Egyptian through to Coptic, to establish which linguistic processes occurred to create the manifestation of the linguistic spiral for each construction. This will then allow for a comparison of the similarities and differences between the processes which affected each verbal construction, as well as a conclusion regarding how similar the linguistic spiral pattern was across the developments of different Egyptian verbal constructions, and consequently how similarly different constructions within the same language developed.

February Talk!

Alice Baddeley: Travelling ancestors at Deir el-Medina? The case of anthropoid Bust BMEA61083 – Wednesday 12th February 

Anthropoid busts have been associated with ancestor worship since their early discovery in the Nineteenth Century by Egyptologists. Since then, this interpretation has been espoused, despite vast quantities and variants of busts. This paper will examine BMEA61083 as an indicator of ancestor
worship but with the ability to be moved about the site at Deir el-Medina and perhaps into the Theban area more generally.
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Alice Baddeley is a recent Masters graduate of Egyptology from the university of Liverpool. Her primary research interests lie in the reception of ancient Egypt with a focus on it’s appearance in cinema. She has contributed reviews on books and films in the Rosetta journal and the Journal of History and Cultures as well as papers at the Tea With The Sphinx conference and the Birmingham Egyptology Symposium. Her further research includes aspects of Egyptian settlement archaeology including anthropoid busts.

Venue Update!

Our new home for the season

For our remaining talks during the 2019-2020 season we will be located in the Birmingham Midland Institute.


9 Margaret St,


B3 3BS



Getting here on Public Transport

6 minute walk from Birmingham Snow Hill train station.



There are a number of council run car parks in the city centre that are within walking distance to our venue. Click on this link to see more information on council run car parks.

Welcome Back!

FIRST TALK AFTER THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS: Chris Elliot – Wednesday 9th October   


More than 200 years of the cultural legacy of Ancient Egypt expressed through Egyptian style architecture in England. Mock temples pyramids and obelisks. The What, Where and Why of buildings ranging from mill to mausoleum and cinema to synagogue’. Chris has written on Ancient Egypt’s influence on our culture for the Journal of Egyptian archaeology and a variety of other publications including Ancient Egypt magazine, BBC history Magazine, the Daily Mail travel section and many others. He appeared in the TV series ‘how London was built’ talking about Cleopatra’s needle and has been a member of EES since 1993 helping to set up their website.

You can find out more about him at the website: http://www.egyptinengland.com

June and July 2019

We will have a talk in both June and July before we break for the summer period. For more information on our talks visit our page here.

We are planning a trip to visit the Tutankhamun trip in London in 2019 and Bolton Museum. Please stay tuned for more details!

Hieroglyph Class

Hieroglyph Classes

We are pleased to announce our first Hieroglyph classes for September 2018. Please note attendees must be available for all three sessions. To book, please follow the link to our Eventbrite page and complete the form: Click here to book tickets

Hieroglyph poster

Venue: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Time: 10am- 4:30pm – 16th, 23rd, 30th September 2018

Cost: Concessions/Students: £60* P.P,  Adults: £70* P.P

*Please note that Eventbrite admin fees will be added to the price of the course. These will be shown on our Eventbrite page.

Lunch will not be included but attendees are welcome to bring a packed lunch or to use one of the options in the city centre as the museum is well located.

SAVE THE DATE: Next trip on 2nd June 2018!

The WMES will be returning to Merseyside for an exciting look at the Book of the Dead exhibition at the famous Victoria Gallery & Museum. For more information, please go to our Trips and Events page at the top of this page in the blue bar. Alternatively click here.26733826_2075419132687724_9017647351164599961_n

Call for papers extended until 1st June 2018!

Our call for papers has been extended. This is for our upcoming conference happening this November at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. For more information please click here.

Next trip announced! March 2018

We are excited for our next trip! Join us. Non-members welcome! For more details on the trip visit our events page27946528_10155331208486461_1303469060_o

Next talk: Join us for Valentines Day 2018

Visit the events page for more details on the speaker and the talk! Non-members welcome – just pay on the door! See you there!

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