Egyptian Adventures in the Archive

Here is a blog post from one of our volunteers at the Archives, Claire Keane:

I am currently volunteering at the University of Glasgow Archives and am working on a project to update the website: University of Glasgow Story  where I’m researching and writing biographies of influential people connected to the University. While conducting research on graduate Reverend Colin Campbell  I discovered he was a Scottish explorer who visited Egypt many times at the turn of the century and since I also have an interest in Egypt, I thought I’d investigate further.

University Calendar documenting Reverend Colin Campbell attaining the Rae Wilson Gold Medal. (Sen10/19)

University Calendar documenting Reverend Colin Campbell attaining the Rae Wilson Gold Medal. (Sen10/19)-click to enlarge

I’ve come across some interesting finds. Reverend Colin Campbell was a member of the Glasgow Egypt Society whose aims were to

‘promote the interests of excavation and research in Egypt especially by means of lectures and by contributing to the finds of such Associations as the British School of Archaeology and the Egypt Exploration Fund ’.

Interestingly the University Archives have a collection of this society’s records and after some exploring of the collection I’ve discovered some beautiful and exciting slides which depict the society’s interests, discoveries and travels. Below are some of the sides I found and we have found out that they depict objects in Tutankhamun’s tomb, in situ as they were discovered by Howard Carter in 1922!

Slide labelled "Thoueris Couch" (DcC79/GES/14/A)

Slide labelled “Thoueris Couch” (DC 79/GES/14/A)

Reverend Colin Campbell’s Egyptian collections were donated, in 1925, to the Hunterian Museum  in the University of Glasgow. This includes thirteen paintings, executed by Campbell himself. These paintings are copies of scenes from Egyptian tombs. His collection is described in the Hunterian Museum on-line catalogue.

Slide of Sentinel Figures Guarding the Sealed Doorway to the Sepulchral Chamber. (The location is not noted) (DC172/GES/15/A)

Slide of Sentinel Figures Guarding the Sealed Doorway to the Sepulchral Chamber. (The location is not noted) (DC172/GES/15/A)

I hope you enjoy Reverend Colin Campbell’s Egyptian discoveries and travels as much as I have.

If you would like to see the records of the Glasgow Egypt Society please make an appointment with the Duty Archivist by e-mailing: enquiries@archives.gla.ac.uk



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1 reply

  1. I am a transplanted Scot since 1948, and really enjoy all the interesting finds that are sent my way.
    This one on Egypt I find fascinating, considering what is going on in the Middle East in our times.
    Hope it will quieten down do we can get back visiting this very interesting and historical area.

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