Kasia returned to London in 2019 following a very successful first visit in July 2018.
In September 2019 I had a second chance to visit London thanks to the Robert Anderson Trust. I must say that it was even more productive and beneficial than my first visit.
The second visit in London was very important for my research. Currently, I’m finishing my PhD thesis on the Southern Room of Amun at the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari and it is crucial for me to have access to rare as well as to the newest publications in Egyptology. Therefore, I spent my time mainly in the library of the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum and in the library of the Institute of Archaeology at the UCL. Both libraries have a rich collection of Egyptological books and journals as well as very friendly work atmosphere, making my study very efficient.
Furthermore, thanks to my second visit, I was able to develop my research on the history of works in the Southern Room of Amun, initiated during my first visit in 2018. This year I’ve visited the Griffith Institute in Oxford as well as the British Library in order to look through the correspondence of Howard Carter and Percy E. Newberry and manuscripts of Robert Hay, respectively. At the Griffith Institute, I was also able to see the original drawings of Charles Sillem, which were published in the E. Naville’s publication of the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari in much smaller scale. The comparison between these full size original drawings and current documentation is very useful for my dissertation and planned publication.
The stay in London was also a great opportunity to participate in Egyptological events such as Annual Egyptological Colloquium at the British Museum or lectures organised by Petrie Museum.
This amazing experience was possible thanks to the Robert Anderson Trust and its Director, Dr Chris Naunton, who is very welcoming and helpful in all matters regarding the visit in London and to whom I would like to express my deepest gratitude. The unique place of accommodation at the Kensington house and friendly atmosphere there made my visit also a very pleasant time.
Kasia (far left) in the department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum (L-R) Danielle Smith, a Trust visitor in 2018, Marta Arranz Cárcamo, another 2019 Trust visitor who stayed in Kensington at the same time as Kasia, and Guilherme Cerejeira Borges Pires, a fellow Egyptologist.