The First Antiquarian Egyptian Society

  • Seminar
Photograph of Professor Anna Marie Roos standing in Lincoln University Library.  In the background, there is wooden panelling.
Professor Anna Marie Roos, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

What you’ll do

Hear about the Egyptian Society, the first of its kind, which emerged during the 18th century as interest in antiquarian study peaked. Using correspondence held in Wellcome Collection, Professor Anna Marie Roos will argue that the society can be seen as much more than the drinking club it is sometimes portrayed as, but rather as a group that promoted the development of early archaeology and early modern antiquarianism.

Following presentations from our speaker, there will be an opportunity to discuss her ideas.

About your speaker

Photograph of Anna Marie Roos

Anna Marie Roos

Professor Anna Marie Roos is Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Lincoln, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. She publishes not only as a professional historian but also as an advisor to taxonomists. Her scientific and historical work has been featured in Nature News, Wellcome History, the Guardian and the New York Times, and has received the John Thackray Medal.


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