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 email@example.com 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
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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The AES Coptic papyrus collection
The Dept of Ancient Egypt and Sudan holds c. 4000 Coptic ostraca and c. 250 frames of Coptic papyri. BM Coptic papyri were mostly acquired after the 1972 split between of the British Museum and British Library. While the British Library holds the historic collection of Coptic papyri, parchment and other manuscripts (P.Lond.Copt. I and II), the British Museum mainly holds the Coptic ostraca (P.Brit.Mus.Copt. I and II). The British Museum Coptic papyri are largely unstudied and will be the focus of a documentation project in 2017–2018, when they will be scanned, images uploaded to the BM image database and their BM object records improved. The collection includes letters and documents revealing the everyday life of Christian monks as well as fragments of literary works.
Volunteers are sought to assist Dr. Adrienn Almásy, Curator in the Dept of Ancient Egypt Sudan, with upgrading the available knowledge about the collection and making content more accessible to the public and the scholarly community.
Applicants should demonstrate:
· An interest in Egypt in Late Antiquity and/or Coptic language
· An interest in and some experience with documentation (database) work and scanning software
Volunteers are sought for at least one month (for example in the summer months) and/or reoccurring days over a longer period (for example one or two days a week over three or four months), starting as early as April or May 2017.
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.
Closing date: 20 March 2017
For further information about volunteering at the British Museum, including other opportunities, please see britishmuseum.org/about_us/volunteers.
All job opportunities within
the Museum are advertised on the Museum’s website.