How Macclesfield got its Ancient Egypt Collection

Join the Manchester Ancient Egypt Society tonight to hear Alan Hayward tell the story of how an industrial town acquired a surprisingly high quality collection of objects from ancient Egypt. When Alan began to research the material, few objects had a known provenance and it was thought to have been the collection of two Victorian ladies. Marianne Brocklehurst, and her friend Mary Booth (known as the ‘MBs’), who were indeed central to the collection, but Amelia Edwards and Flinders Petrie had a significant impact and their involvement added much to the stories that many of the objects have to tell.

Alan Hayward began studying Egyptology after retiring as Chartered Engineer.  West Park Museum in Macclesfield asked him to research the ancient Egyptian collection there and as a result he became honorary curator. He has recently retired from that role but is still involved with the museum, writes occasional articles for Ancient Egypt magazine and gives talks to local societies.

The Lure of the East: Artists and Epigraphers in Egypt


The Lure of the East: Artists and Epigraphers in Egypt


As the title implies, this lecture will tell the story of the various travellers who ventured to the exotic land that was Egypt, from the time of Napoleon in the 18th century through to the 20th century. These travellers and artists left us a veritable treasure trove of the recordings of their travelling adventures. It will be the story of gentlemen travellers who took along an artist to act as a living camera; of serious scholars who wanted to record as much as they could before it all disappeared; and a group of artists called the Orientalists. There will be many beautiful paintings shown, whilst Lee tells the stories of some on these intrepid pioneers, people like, Belzoni, Bankes, Wilkinson, Lear and many more.

Join MAES for this fascinating talk on Monday 8th October. Doors open 7pm – lecture starts 7:45pm. Manchester Conference Centre / Pendulum Hotel, Sackville Street, Manchester, M3 1BB.

Look on my works, ye might, and despair!

Saturday 29th September 2018 10:30am-4:30pm

“Look on my works, ye mighty and despair”: Depictions of the Kings in Ancient History

Image is power! In this study day  MAES members Sarah Griffiths and Michael Tunnicliffe explore art as propaganda.  How did ancient kings and rulers manipulate their iconography and architecture? And how did this change over time? Discover more in 4 lectures:

  • Amenhotep III: The Many Faces of the Dazzling Sun King
  • Depicting Pharaonic Power in the Hellenised World
  • Herod the Great: Projecting Power without Images
  • Royal Iconography in the Late Roman and Byzantine periods

MANCENT study day with Sarah Griffiths, Michael Tunnicliffe, Birgitta Hoffman and Jo Backhouse exploring kingly iconography in ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire and Biblical Palestine.

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester, M2 1NL

For more details click here to visit the website.

Gebel Barkal – the new MAES season begins!

Welcome to the new Manchester Ancient Egypt Society season! We kick off on Monday 10th September with a fantastic lecture on “Gebel Barkal – the Holy Mountain of Napata” with Robert Morkot.

Robert Morkot

Thutmose III claims to have been the first pharaoh to see Gebel Barkal near the Fourth Cataract of the Nile, and he recognised it as the dwelling place of Amun. Later pharaohs built a temple in front of the sheer cliffs that front the mountain, and under the Kushite pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty it grew to be a large complex of temples and palaces. We look at the history, monuments and some of the (occasionally crazy) ideas that this fascinating site has generated.

Everyone welcome. We meet at the Manchester Conference Centre / Pendulum Hotel on Sackville Street in Manchester (M3 1BB) 7:30 for a 7:45pm start!

Secrets of the Stones! Raymond Johnson & Jay Heidel come to Manchester.

We are now taking bookings for a very special November event! Raymond Johnson and Jay Heidel from the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago are being flown over from Chicago House in Luxo, to present their latest findings!

Come and join MAES and the KNH Centre for a day uncovering the secrets of the stones: the epigraphic survey of Medinet Habu, Luxor Temple and private Theban tombs; reassembling Amarna talatat blocks; and current excavations at Antinoupolis.

Saturday 17th November 2018 10am – 2pm

Jay Heidel

W Raymond Johnson






Tickets: £40 MAES members, £45 non-members; £35 students.

University of Manchester Samuel Alexander Building, Lime Grove (off Oxford Road), Manchester M13 9PP

Tickets are likely to sell fast so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment! You can find more details and download a booking form here:

We look forward to seeing you!

New MAES Lecture Programme Announced!

We’ve just announced our new Manchester Ancient Egypt Society lecture programme for September 2018 to June 2019! We explore Gebel Barkal, investigate the latest research on the Belfast mummy Takabuti, explore the secrets in the sand at Saqqara, and discover why Seti I was the father of Egyptian Greatness. PLUS our March study day is all about houses and homes AND we have a special extra study day in November with special guests Raymond Johnson and Jay Heidel from Chicago House.

For more details visit here:

Or download a copy of our programme here:


Rich and famous in Deir el-Medina!

Come and join us on Monday 14th May to hear about the life of the “well-to-do” New Kingdom couple Kha and Meryt and how the exciting discovery of their intact tomb at Deir el-Medina led to wonderful insights into the lives of non-royals in New Kingdom Thebes.

Michael is secretary and co-founder of Thebes – the Blackburn Egyptology Society. He has lectured across the North West to Egyptology societies and other historical and charity groups.  His main focus is on visiting primary schools, teaching children about the wonderful ancient Egyptian civilisation, and also accompanies classes on trips to the Manchester Museum.

Scholars, Collectors, Adventurers, Aesthetes and Plunderers!

This Monday, Hilary Forrest takes us back to the nineteenth century, a period of exploration, analysis and plundering of the treasures of ancient Egypt. Some of this activity could be interpreted as legitimate while much was unofficial or even illegal. The Museums of the world and private collections were often beneficiaries.

This lecture will look at a number of individuals involved in this process looking at their lives, careers and their motivation, to examine this process.

Examples will begin with the Napoleonic study and will include colourful characters such as Belzoni, Henry Salt , William Bankes, well- known names like Maspero and Petrie as well as some lesser names like Greville Chester and Gayer Anderson.

Monday 16th April 7:30pm Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, M1 3BB

Saturday 7th April 11am – 2pm Joint EES / MAES Special Event!

Image: Cedric Gobeil

Deir el-Medina tattooed mummy

An exciting double lecture from EES Director Cédric Gobeil about his excavations at Deir el-Medina and his research on the mummy of the Deir el-Medina tattooed lady.

In association with the Manchester Museum – the lectures take place in the museum’s Kanaris Lecture Theatre.

Tickets £20 each.  Booking details here:

Delta Digs! Latest excavations and more Sat 17th March!

Excavations at Sais. Photo Penny Wilson

Last chance to book for our annual Manchester Ancient Egypt Society study day!

“Delta Digs” with Penny Wilson, Joanne Rowland and Rosalie David.

Statue of Wadjet at Buto. Photo: Penny Wilson

Join us   for a fascinating day of exploration of the Delta and its history, including the rise of Sais to Royal Capital, Predynastic settlements at Merimde Beni Salama, the Tanis treasures and Graeco-Roman “Boom & Bust”.

9:30am – 4:30pm at the Longfield Suite, Prestwich. Details and bookings here: