Curator’s Diary, Wednesday 4th August 2010: Summer Schools, African Interpretations and ACCES

I have been in London for a week teaching a course on crime and punishment in ancient Egypt for the Bloomsbury Summer School at UCL. The course went really well, with lectures (and guest lecturers), discussions, object handling at the Petrie Museum and a visit to the British Museum. The class were fantastic, really engaged and interested, which made the course great fun to teach – and great fun to go for drinks with at the end of the day.

Back in Manchester, I am working with our New Media Officer to get the Egypt in its African Context key speakers footage edited and uploaded onto YouTube. Dr Sally-Ann Ashton (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) should be available to watch by tomorrow. I am also on the final edit of the papers for the proceedings of the same conference, and will then dedicate time in August and September to formatting, to produce a camera ready PDF by early Autumn for the publishers, Archaeopress.

My Liverpool University MA students are continuing to work through the Armant lithics, and I have a number of enquiries from researching, including an Italian researcher interested in Ptah-Sokar-Osiris figures, an enquiry about a D-Ware pot from Petrie’s excavations, and an MA student writing a dissertation on the presentation of human remains in museums.

Yesterday in my role as Chair of ACCES, the Subject Specialist network for Egypt/Sudan curators, I met with my Project Assistants, Gina Laycock and Campbell Price, who are working hard on developing a new ACCES website and improving and editing the entries for Egypt collections on the database of UK Museum collections, hosted here: http://www.culturegrid.org.uk/ (the database used to be called Cornucopia). They have also set up an ACCES Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/ACCES/123557411022278?ref=ts

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