3 December 2020

Late lunch talk: A thousand miles up the Nile – the life and work of Amelia Edwards

Join this free online talk to discover the story of Bristol author, Amelia Edwards.

Amelia Edwards arrived in Egypt in December 1873. She spent the next four months sailing along the river Nile visiting ancient sites. This journey changed her life forever.

On her return to England, Amelia spent two years researching and writing A Thousand Miles Up the Nile (1877). As a result of her thorough research for the book, and afterwards, she became an expert in Egyptology and could read hieroglyphs.

She criticised the looting of ancient sites to provide souvenirs for tourists, realising that the destruction was due to the lack of any controls on excavation and tourism. Determined to do something about it, Amelia and Reginald Poole of the British Museum co-founded the Egypt Exploration Fund (EEF) in 1882.

Amelia dedicated the rest of her life to promoting the EEF and raising valuable funds for its work in Egypt. She also wrote several learned articles in the press and travelled widely giving lectures about ancient Egypt. One of these lectures The Social and Political Position of Women in Ancient Egypt explained how British women at the time had fewer legal and social rights than ancient Egyptian women. Her support for the rights of women led to her being made a Vice-President of the Women’s Suffrage League in Bristol.

Discover more about this extraordinary woman and her enduring legacy in this free online talk.

Speaker: Jane Hack, senior officer for formal learning

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 3 December.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.