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Egypt's Dispersed Heritage

20 May 2023
11:00 - 12:30

Seminar Room, Learning Centre, Level 4

Free (booking required)

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Join our Principal Curator of the Ancient Mediterranean Margaret Maitland in conversation with Egyptian Egyptologist Heba Abd el Gawad and webcomic artist Mohammed Nasser to hear contemporary Egyptian insights from the AHRC research project Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt.

This project explores the history of Britain’s role in carrying out excavations in Egypt and distributing objects to museums across the world, and aims to create opportunities for dialogue with modern Egyptian communities.

Find out how the project has been amplifying the voices of Egyptian communities through various creative outputs co-designed and delivered with them, including comics, online engagement activities, and educational resources in Egyptian Arabic.

This event includes an audience Q&A and is suitable for ages 14+.

Comic-strip by Nasser and Heba Abd el-Gawad, ‘The Chief of Luxor’s Police and Wife in Isolation’, 3 April 2020.

Translation of the comic’s captions from Arabic: 

Chief of Police (frustrated): ‘When will this social isolation be over so I can follow up on Luxor’s security condition?’ 

Woman (fed up): ‘We have been isolated here in Scotland since our arrival in 1857, chief!!!’ 

Chief of Police (terrified): ‘I have chronic illness??!!’ 


Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt is a collaborative project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in partnership with National Museums Scotland and other UK museums.

Getting here

The Seminar Room in the National Museum of Scotland is located in the Learning Centre on Level 4. This can be accessed via the stairs or lift from the rear of the Collecting Stories gallery on Level 1 or just past the exhibition hall on Level 3.

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