This reading list includes a selection of sources for the context to British archaeology and tourism in Egypt, the excavations directed by John Garstang, and the distribution of antiquities in the UK.  It has been arranged by the sections included in the “Egypt in Reading” exhibition.  Click on the section heading to link to the exhibition section. Where possible, hyperlinks to the sources referenced have also been given.

Britian in Egypt

Anglo-African Who’s Who and Biographical Sketchbook (1st edition, 1905 Online)

Barton, Gregory, 2014. Informal Empire and the Rise of One World Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bickers, Robert (ed.). 2010. Settlers and Expatriates: Britons over the Seas. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hazbun, Waleed. 2007. ‘The East as Exhibit: Thomas Cook & Son and the Origins of the International Tourism Industry in Egypt’, in The Business of Tourism: Place, Faith, and History, edited by Philip Scranton and Janet F. Davidson. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007, 3–33.

Lyth, Peter, 2013. ‘Carry on up the Nile: The Tourist Gaze and the British Experience of Egypt, 1818–1932’, in Martin Farr and Xavier Guegan, The British Abroad Since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 1: Travellers and Tourists. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mairs, Rachel, 2016. From Khartoum to Jerusalem: The Dragoman Solomon Negima and his Clients (18851933). London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Mairs, Rachel and Muratov, Maya, 2015. Archaeologists, Tourists, Interpreters: Exploring Egypt and the Near East in the late 19thearly 20th centuries. London: Bloomsbury.

Reid, Donald, 2002. Whose Pharaohs? archaeology, museums, and Egyptian national identity from Napoleon to World War I. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Reid, Donald, 2015. Contesting Antiquity in Egypt: Archaeologists, Museums and the Struggle for Identities from World War 1 to Nasser. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.

Thornton, Amara, 2018. Archaeologists in Print: Publishing for the People. London: UCL Press.

Whidden, James, 2010. ‘Expatriates in Cosmopolitan Egypt: 1864–1956’. In Robert Bickers, Settlers and Expatriates: Britons over the Seas. (pp. 45–72) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Excavating Egypt

Abd el-Gawad, Heba, 2018. Listen to Her! Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology exhibition.

Abul-Yazid, Mohamed, 2017. Ali Swayfi: ‘Petrie’s Best Lad‘. Abydos Archive blog [Online].

Abydos Temple Paper Archive Project and Abydos Archive blog.

Carruthers, William, 2015. Grounding Ideologies: Archaeology, Decolonization and the Cold War in Egypt. In Leslie James and Elisabeth Leake (eds). Decolonization and the Cold War. (pp 167-182). London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Challis, Debbie, 2009.  Framing the Archaeologist. Portraits and Excavation: Images of Flinders Petrie and the Egyptian Workforce from Within the Archives of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. [research blog]

Doyon, Wendy, 2015. On Archaeological Labor in Modern Egypt. In William Carruthers (ed). Histories of Egyptology: Interdisciplinary Measures. (pp. 141-156). Routledge: New York and Abingdon.

Garstang Museum, The John Garstang Collection and Photographic Archive of John Garstang’s Excavations in Nubia. JISC Archives Hub.

Quirke, Stephen, 2010. Hidden Hands: Egyptian workforces in Petrie excavation archives, 18801924. London: Duckworth Egyptology.

Quirke, Stephen, Ali Suefi of Lahun. In Alice Stevenson (ed) The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: Characters & Collections. London: UCL Press.

Riggs, Christina, 2018.  Photographing Tutankhamun: Archaeology, Ancient Egypt, and the Archive. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts.

Thornton, Amara, 2017. Marie Garstang: Meroe to Mersin in the Middle Of It All. Trowelblazers. [online].

Egypt in Britain

Colla, Elliott, 2008. Conflicted Antiquities: Egyptology, Egyptomania, Egyptian Modernity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Garnett, Anna, 2015. John Rankin and John Garstang: Funding Egyptology in a Pioneering Age, in Piacentini, P., Orsenigo, C., and Quirke, S., (eds.), Forming Material Egypt: Proceedings of the International Conference, London, 20-21 May, 2013, EDAL IV: 95–104.

Stevenson, Alice, 2018. Scattered Finds: Archaeology, Egyptology and Museums. London: UCL Press.

Thornton, Amara, 2013.  “… a certain faculty for extricating cash”: Collective Sponsorship in late 19th and early 20th century archaeology, Present Pasts 5 (1), 1: 1–12.

Thornton, Amara, 2015. Exhibition Season: Annual Archaeological Exhibitions in London, 1880s– 1930s, Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 25 (2): 1–18; Appendices 1 (1–5) and 2 (1–44).

Two Temple Place, 2016. Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt. Available online here:

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