We have now had our very first public meeting! On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank you to all those who attended.
The evening started with an introduction to the society and our aims from Stacey Bagdi and Grace Strachan-Morris. This included the background of each committee member, establish our intention to bring the subject of Egyptology to a wider audience through monthly talks and hopefully some visits to museums (with the potential for hands on sessions).
Each person attending was asked to fill in a short questionnaire about themselves, their interest in Egyptology and what they would like to get out of the society. We were also asking for if anyone was interested in becoming a member of the committee. There is still time to let us know if you would like to help, even if you can’t commit to a specific role but want to assist us in other ways (e.g. setting up on the day, distribute leaflets, find alternative suitable venues etc). Extra hands are always useful so we will appreciate anything you can do.
The main act of the evening was the brilliant talk given by Peter Robinson. Peter took us on a balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings using some wonderful photos. It really showed the advantage of seeing the surrounding area by air as you can pick out hidden temples in the sand. Those following us on Twitter but couldn’t attend the talk were able to keep an eye on the feed for #wmesoct14 to see photos and thoughts on what Peter was saying. This will become a feature for each talk so look out for our announcements of the different hashtags. Please feel free to use them as we would love to hear your opinions about the talk and any questions you have for the speakers.
Our brilliant Chair Stacey was taking notes (there is photographic evidence below) which we hope to add to the site, along with a PowerPoint presentation, very soon.
Once again, we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended the talk last week. You’re the reason we’re starting this society so it was fantastic to see 21 people at the first public meeting.
You’re all lovely, wonderful people and we hope to see you all again in November, plus hopefully meet some more of you.