Egyptologist at Manchester Museum appointed key position in world of archaeology
Dr Price is also Curator of Egypt and Sudan at the museum and has mummified an orange live on Blue Peter.
Photo: Dr Campbell Price on Blue Peter in 2013
Submitted by Kelly Evans
A curator responsible for award-winning exhibits at Manchester Museum has been celebrating after being appointed to a key position in the world of Egyptian archaeology.
Egyptologist and author Dr Campbell Price has been announced as the new Chair of Trustees at the Egypt Exploration Society (EES) – the UK's leading charity supporting archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt.
Dr Campbell Price, 36, who lives in Liverpool, Merseyside, has been Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum for the last decade where he has redeveloped some of their galleries and organised some award-winning exhibits.
The museum is home to one of the UK's most significant Egyptology collections.
Originally from Glasgow, Dr Price was awarded a Blue Peter badge for mummifying an orange live on children's television.
He has published widely on ancient Egyptian material culture and has lectured extensively throughout the UK and internationally and regularly comments and advises on Egyptological themes for TV and radio.
Dr Price explained: "I am taking on the Chair at the EES at an incredibly exciting time for Egyptology. Next year marks both the bicentenary of the decipherment of hieroglyphs and the centenary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
"And it is in Egypt that the most significant developments are taking place – including a range of newly opened museums and heritage sites. This includes the world-class Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza which will showcase material from Tutankhamun's tomb. Some of the most significant objects in Egyptian and international museums were uncovered in the course of EES excavations and it was the EES that first sent a young Howard Carter to Egypt, where he was to become arguably the world's most famous archaeologist.
"As the EES reaches its 140th anniversary in 2022, it is an important chance to contextualise the work of the Society and its practitioners in terms of our understanding of Egyptian heritage today.
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