Contact and enquiries

The Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan is pleased to assist members of the public with their enquiries concerning the museum’s collections and research.

For information on the collection, please consult the Online Collections Database in the first instance.

To make an appointment, contact us at or telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8000.

For other enquiries regarding Egypt and Sudan, the following links and contacts may be of assistance:

To commission new photography of an object or for commercial use of a photograph of objects in the collection, please contact the Museum's image licensing department, BM Images:
British Museum Images website 

For general questions concerning Egypt and Sudan, the following reading list of resources and subject-related web resources is recommended:
Reading list 
Web resources 

School groups should contact the Department for Learning and Audiences for resources for teachers and for class visits to the museum.
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For tickets, information or queries regarding exhibitions and associated events please contact the Box Office (+44 (0) 20 7323 8181), or visit the ticket office in the Great Court or book online.
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Film, media and interview requests or requests to consult a curator please contact the Broadcast Unit:
+44 (0)20 7323 8380
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Fellowship information 

All job opportunities within the Museum are advertised on the Museum’s website.
Further information 

Volunteering opportunities and Student Placements

Each year the department offers a limited number of volunteering opportunities and Student Placements. Due to heavy demand and the requirements of the tasks involved, we restrict these to undergraduate or graduate students on courses with a direct relevance to Egyptian or Sudanese culture. The placements must also be a required part of your course. Placements are usually for a period of one month, but can vary.

Please note that all currently available volunteering opportunities are listed below. Applicants should only apply to a specific project and email the person responsible for that project with a completed British Museum volunteer enquiry form, a reference letter and a CV.

Archaeology of Late Antique Egypt

By 1920, E. A. W. Budge, Keeper of the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities could claim ‘The Coptic collection in the British Museum is now the largest and finest in Europe …’. Prone as he was to exaggeration, the BM’s collection is one of the best outside of Egypt. Today, the British Museum holds over eight thousand objects from Late Antique Egypt (c. AD 250-800), the great majority of which are held in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan. Only since 2007 has a dedicated curator been employed to work on the collection, allowing detailed research, updating and refining metadata in the collections database, increasing general content, and adding images.

A volunteer is sought to assist Elisabeth O’Connell, curator Late Antique (or ‘Coptic’) Egypt compile bibliography and organise images and other resources, with a view to upgrading the available knowledge about the collection and making content more accessible to the public and the scholarly community.

Applicants should demonstrate interest in:

  • Archaeology
  • Library resources
  • Documentation (database) work

Volunteers are sought for at least one consecutive month and/or shorter but reoccurring moments over a longer period (for example one or two days a week) from May to September 2016.

Closing date: 3 May 2016

Contact: Elisabeth O’Connell

Please send an e-mail with CV, letter of reference to Elisabeth O’Connell.

Please note that it is not possible for volunteers to be unsupervised in the study collections or to handle objects. The department cannot offer any out-of-pocket expenses to volunteers or placement students.

For further information about volunteering at the British Museum, including other opportunities, please click here.