The President

Lucia Gahlin, who has been a stalwart of Bristol and regional Egyptology for many years, was elected as the Egypt Society of Bristol’s President in April 2024.

She arrived in the West Country from London with a First Class Honours degree in Egyptology & Ancient History, several years of research for an unfinished PhD, and lots of experience teaching at universities, mostly Continuing Education and mostly for the Universities of London, Reading, Surrey and Sussex. She had also worked in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London and on excavations at the site of Tell el-Amarna in Egypt. Aidan Dodson soon involved her in teaching Egyptology in Bristol, initially for the University’s Centre for Continuing Education, then for its Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, and in more recent years for the brilliant Kemet Klub.

Lucia has been an Honorary Research Associate at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, a Trustee of the Egypt Exploration Society, a Director of Bloomsbury Summer School, and a Chair of the Friends of the Petrie Museum. Her publications include Egypt: gods, myths and religion, and chapters in T. Wilkinson (ed.) The Egyptian World (2007), but has mostly shared her passion for Ancient Egyptian history and culture through her courses, study days and lectures. She continues to do this, lecturing far and wide, teaching in the Petrie Museum and other museums with Egyptian collections, and leading tours to Egypt.