In the 1980’s Janet Diamond spent three eventful years in Egypt which led her to devote herself over the next thirty years or so to the study of Egyptology. She now today in the West Country where after a career in industry and education she now regularly gives talks, mostly on Ancient Egypt – an empire spanning 3000 years!
Her talk today however – illustrated with personal photos – will give us an insight into life in 20th century Egypt and the challenges she encountered on a day to day basis in Cairo. It was at this time her passion for Egyptology grew. She will take us on a trip to see the oldest boat in the world (the 4,600 year-old Solar Barque of Khufu) with Kamel El-Mallakh, the very archaeologist who discovered it, and then on an unusual visit to the Valley of the Kings where we will see some lesser known but very important pyramids – and more.
We will also get an insight into Egyptian politics, as Janet experienced the assassination of President Anwar Sadat and the succession of Hosni Mubarak.
NB. Numbers at St Paul’s Parish Rooms, Wokingham are limited by fire regulations and unfortunately there can be no admittance once the hall is full.