The Rise & Collapse of the Nubian Kingdom of Meroe!

Happy New Year! The Manchester AE Society’s next online lecture is next Monday, kicking off 2021 with a fascinating glimpse into Nubian history! Everyone welcome – details below.
Members will receive a free link – guests can book a place on Eventbrite (£5) here:
Monday 11th January 2021 Zoom Lecture
“Doors” open 7:30pm; lecture start 8pm.
Dr Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin Beyond the Pyramids: New Insights into the Rise and Collapse of the Kingdom of Meroe, Sudan.
The Kushite Kingdom of Meroe (c. 300 BC – AD 350) occupied a vast territory of present-day Sudan and the southern fringes of Egypt. The kingdom played a key role in the region facilitating trade between the Graeco-Roman world and African states and beyond, and its position was further strengthened by iron production that centred in the region around the capital city of Meroe, presently known for its necropolis with numerous royal pyramids. However, after several centuries, this once powerful and prosperous kingdom collapsed, and the circumstances surrounding its demise remain unclear and open to speculation. This lecture will present the circumstances surrounding the formation of the Meroitic kingdom and discuss the existing theories and new evidence pertaining to its sudden collapse.

The Serapeum of Saqqara

From the reign of Amenhotep III to the end of the Ptolemaic Period, the Apis bull, the ‘Herald of Ptah’, was buried in a complex of vaults at Saqqara – later known as the Serapeum.

This Monday (9th November) Aidan Dodson explores the history of the Apis burials and their contents with photographs of areas not open to the public!

Everyone welcome to join us – online via Zoom. Lectures are free to MAES members; guests welcome via Eventbrite £5.

Ancient Egyptian Jewellery: What Was Its Purpose?


Rosalie David talk on Ancient Egyptian Jewellery: What Was Its Purpose?

This lecture will explore various reasons – religious, social, economic and political – why jewellery was so indispensable to the ancient Egyptians. The lecture will also look at the sources from which the Egyptians obtained the materials used in jewellery-making, and will demonstrate some of the trends that developed over the millennia.

Online lecture via Zoom Doors open 7:30pm Lecture 8 – 9pm

Free to MAES members(Link will be sent out week before)

Guests welcome to sign up via Eventbrite – tickets £5

Art, Sex & Death in Roman Egypt!!!

Monday 14th September – our first online lecture via Zoom.Campbell Price explores “Art, Sex and Death in Roman Egypt”. The lecture is free to attend for members of the Manchester Ancient Egypt Society – membership for the year is just £15. If you’d like to join, visit

We also welcome visitors – if you would like to attend this online lecture, you can book a ticket (£5) here:

We’re Back!

Welcome to the new MAES season! We kick off on Monday 14th September with Dr. Campbell Price revealing Art, Sex and Death in Graeco-Roman Egypt.  More on that later!

Our lectures will be held online via Zoom until December 2020. Lectures from January onwards will either be at our venue (Pendulum Hotel) or online – tbc.

Online lectures are free to members so why not join us! Just complete the membership form here and we will look forward to “seeing” you on 14th!

April Meeting Cancelled

In light of the coronavirus outbreak and the movement restrictions imposed by the government, we’ve had to cancel our April meeting, unfortunately. We’ll make a decision on the May and June meetings nearer the time. We hope to be able to reschedule postponed lectures at a future date.

Stay safe, everyone, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as circumstances allow.


Cancelled: Queens Study Day

We are sorry to say due to the recent coronavirus announcement we have to cancel our Study Day on Saturday. Please contact us if you have made a booking but not received an email from the Secretary.

We hope to reschedule the study day when events allow. Please also check on our website before attending the April meeting as this may also have to be cancelled.

Best wishes.