Wirral Ancient Egypt Society

Wirral Ancient Egypt Society

Dorothy Downes MA MLitt PhD - President

The WAES is a relatively new society dedicated to the furtherance of the knowledge of the history of Ancient Egypt.

A group of enthusiastic like-minded Wirral Egyptology students formed the WAES in 2001; in April 2002, the doors were opened with the aim of appealing to a membership catchment area from Wirral, Liverpool and the surrounding environs as its primary membership source. Our current membership comprises not only students but also members of the general public who have an interest in extending their knowledge of this fascinating period of Ancient History.

Mayer Hall

The society runs a comprehensive programme of eleven monthly lectures over the twelve-month calendar period, to which all members and non-members are welcome (see ‘Programme – 2015’ for details). The lectures are normally held on the second Monday of the month at Mayer Hall, The Village, Lower Bebington, Wirral CH63 7PT, starting at 2 pm. Some talks, however, are held in the evening (see ‘Programme – 2014’ for details). In addition to this an occasional Study Day is organised (see ‘Special Events’ for details). We are extremely fortunate to be able to attract distinguished speakers, both from within our ranks and from museums and universities throughout the UK, who have been able to cover topics ranging from the Prehistoric Petroglyphs of Sinai to the Ptolemaic Queens of Egypt.

A programme of trips is also arranged during the year by the society, visiting museums and exhibitions etc., which have a connection with Egyptology. Previous visits have included Bolton, Manchester, the Ashmolean and Bristol Museums. We have also been able to arrange entry to the Garstang Museum at Liverpool University and the Liverpool Conservation Centre. Details of any trips planned for the current year can be found on the ‘Special Events’ page. While some of these trips must be limited to members of the Society, the majority are open to non-members.

Newsletters, which contain a synopsis of the recent lectures, are issued three times a year. These are useful to members who may have missed lectures but also serve as a reference.

We also have a small library which has a number of books relevant to Ancient Egypt, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as some interesting DVDs and magazines. These are available for loan to the members.

The cost of membership is currently £17.00 per annum. The charge for admission to the individual lectures is £2.00 for members and £4.00 for non-members. The charge levied for trips is dependent on the number of people going on the trip, the distance travelled and, if appropriate, any third party charges for admission to any event.


Special Events

Mayer Hall

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