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The Griffith Institute has been at the heart of Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford for seventy-five years.
It is home to two major research projects, the Topographical Bibliography (Porter & Moss) and the Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB), and a collaborating partner on the AHRC-funded project Artefacts of Excavation. The Griffith Institute also houses an archive of 'wonderful things' containing the collective memory and life work of some of Egyptology's greatest scholars, including its founder Francis Llewellyn Griffith, as well as Sir Alan Gardiner and Jaroslav Černý. Perhaps the most famous are the records of Howard Carter whose name is synonymous with the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. The Griffith Institute provides vital resources for the study of the history and culture of ancient Egypt and the Near East, which may be accessed directly, or online.
Griffith latest news
Griffith Institute Archive Online Catalogue
Following receipt of a grant from the Anglo-Czech Educational Fund awarded to Dr Hana Navratilova, who is currently working on a biography of Professor J. Černý, the Griffith Institute has started the online presentation of the Jaroslav Černý Collection. To date, a detailed catalogue of his correspondence and notebooks has been prepared. The Griffith Institute Archivist is currently working on the catalogues of Coptic scholars; the catalogues of Walter E. Crum Collection and Sarah Clackson Collection are already available on the new platform.
Diana N. E. Magee (1936-2017)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the British Egyptologist Dr Diana Magee (DPhil Oxf). Diana was a huge part of our lives here in the Griffith Institute, her considerable contribution to the Porter & Moss, as well as the many hours of dedicated work on the creation and expansion of our archive catalogues, improving access to the Jaroslav Cerny, Norman and Nina de Garis Davies, Battiscombe Gunn and Percy Newberry manuscripts in particular. Diana's tireless effort will continue to benefit many scholars for years to come. Diana was a lady of firm principle, who did not suffer fools gladly, but she would happily give her time to anyone interested in her beloved Asyut and was a staunch believer in the work and values of the Griffith Institute. We shall miss her greatly. The funeral will be a small private service just outside Oxford, next week. Diana left instructions that there should be no flowers, but donations to the Royal National Lifeboats would be much appreciated.
Deir el-Bersha Watercolours
Watercolours made in the tombs of Djehutihotep and Djehutinakht at Deir el-Bersha have been presented within layered reconstructions. A commentary and technical information are also provided for each of the artworks. These watercolours were part of the documentation created by the Egypt Exploration Fund’s survey to the site in the early 1890s. This team was directed by Percy Newberry, who was also responsible for taking a young 17-year-old Howard Carter to Egypt. Many of the watercolours showcased here were painted by Carter. See more.
Minnie Burton's diary online publication
The 1922-26 personal diary of Minnie Burton, wife of the British archaeologist and photographer Harry Burton, which was acquired thanks to two grants from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been fully digitized and transcribed. See the complete online publication.
Discovering Tutankhamun in colour
In collaboration with SC Exhibitions and Dynamichrome, a selection of Harry Burton's photographs in the Griffith Institute Archive has been colourised. These images will be featured in 'The Discovery of King Tut' exhibition, opening in New York on the 21st November 2015. See more.
Minnie Burton's diary
On the 14th of July 2015 the Griffith Institute acquired the 1922-26 personal diary of Minnie Burton, thanks to two generous grants from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Minnie was the wife of the British archaeologist and photographer Harry Burton, who worked with Howard Carter during the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun. See more.
Percy Newberry Collection - Project News
The Newberry Collection - Project Archivist vacancy
We are delighted to announce that The National Archives has awarded a cataloguing grant to the Griffith Institute in order to employ a professional archivist for one year to catalogue the papers of the British Egyptologist, Percy Edward Newberry (1869-1949). See more
Terence DuQuesne's papers
Three months ago, on the 17th of April 2014, the British Egyptologist Terence DuQuesne passed away. He very generously bequeathed his research papers to the Griffith Institute, where they will be soon available for consultation. See more.
The Digital Topographical Bibliography
We have now launched test cases for the new Digital
Topographical Bibliography. Alongside searchable PDFs of the current print
version, vols. 1-7, this website presents the new framework of
the project and samples of new data focusing on three case-studies (Tuna
el-Gebel, Tell el-Farʿun and royal statues of provenance not known).
We would welcome feedback from users on the general appearance and style, ease of access and navigation within the case-studies, as well as thoughts and comments on any aspect of the presentation and content. See more.
Topographical Bibliography vols I-VII available to download
As part of the digitization of the Topographical Bibliography, the first seven volumes have been scanned and made freely available as searchable PDFs. We are very pleased to offer them to the research community as a digital legacy to those who intensively worked on this project for over a century. See more.
Jac. J. Janssen's papers
Two years ago on the 23rd of August 2011, Professor Jac. J. Janssen passed away. In his memory, we are pleased to announce that his papers will be soon available for consultation at the Griffith Institute. See more.
Pietro Bracci's 'lost' manuscript
To celebrate Pietro Bracci's birthday in the month of June, we present here scans of some individual pages of an unpublished manuscript on Egyptian hieroglyphs which was believed to be lost.
Amelia Edwards new sketch album
A previously unknown album of drawings by Amelia Edwards has recently been identified in the Archive. To celebrate her birthday on June 6th, we have the pleasure to publish it online here.