If you've ever found yourself fascinated by Ancient Egypt, then you'll find yourself in a room of like-minded history buffs at the Southampton Ancient Egypt Society's monthly meeting. Each month, usually on the third Saturday of the month, the society meets at Oasis Academy Lords Hill to get together and listen to a special lecture.
Wall Fragment from the Tomb of Amenemhet and His Wife Hemet
January's lecture is 'Three into Two Will Go: Artistic Conventions in Ancient Egypt'. The lecture is being delivered by Hilary Wilson, who currently teaches Egyptology courses at the University of Southampton. Wilson also introduces primary school students to Egyptian history through her character Setkemet, 'The Egyptian Lady' and as well as having written several books about Egypt, Wilson also writes Egyptian-themed fiction.
Wilson's talk will explore the depiction of solid objects in two-dimensional Egyptian wall paintings. Wilson will delve into the colours and perspectives utilised in Egyptian wall art, to help create a better understanding of the art.
The meeting will be held at Oasis Academy Lords Hill on Romsey Road, Southampton. Doors open at 1:30 and the lectures, which are split into two sessions, begin at 2pm and finish at 4:30pm. Refreshments will be served during the break. Bookings are not required.
Meeting fees are as listed below: Adult Members £3.00 Under 18s members £1.00 Adult non-members £6.00 Student non-members £5.50 Under 18s non-members £2.00 Oasis Academy Students £1.00
If you are interested in joining the Southampton Ancient Egypt Society, you can find out more information about membership on their website. As well as monthly meetings and lectures, the society also visits museums and special exhibitions regarding Egyptology.
Following Hilary Wilson's talk on Egyptian art, John Billman will be presenting February's lecture on February 17th on 'Hatshepsut: The Eternal Female Pharaoh of Egypt - Her Monuments Explored'.