These are the main institutions based in London, with Ancient Near Eastern interests. Check for events and projects
The Department of the Middle East covers the ancient and contemporary civilisations and cultures of the Middle East from the Neolithic period until the present.
There is a wide range of archaeological material and ancient art from Mesopotamia (Iraq); Iran; the Levant (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel); Anatolia (Turkey); Arabia; Central Asia and the Caucasus. Highlights of the collection include Assyrian reliefs, treasure from the Royal Cemetery of Ur, the Oxus Treasure, Phoenician ivories and the library of cuneiform tablets from Nineveh.
The Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum houses an important collection of objects which illustrate every aspect of the cultures of the Nile Valley, from the Neolithic period (about 10,000 BC) until the twelfth century AD.
The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period.
The Friends of the Petrie Museum organise monthly academic lectures on Egyptological subjects; hands-on seminars in the museum open to members by ballot; book launches, museum events, fund-raising study days and activities, tours to places and museums of interest for the study of Egypt, and social events with fellow members.
The Friends support museum projects to further the work on the archaeological heritage of Flinders Petrie through conservation, publication and display of the collection.
Full details of membership benefits and the events list can be found on the website. More information too on Facebook
The PEF was founded in 1865 and is the oldest organisation in the world created specifically for the study of the Levant, the southern portion of which was conventionally known as ‘Palestine’.
The PEF houses unique and diverse collections of artefacts, natural history specimens, documents, maps, paintings, drawings, and photographs from our numerous expeditions and excavations in the Levant in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, the PEF curates archival material donated by individuals and organisations. The result is a unique resource used by scholars and researchers from around the world from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
The Egypt Exploration Society funds and supports archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt. The Society is the UK’s oldest independent funding body in the field of Egyptology, and continues to carry out ground-breaking research in Egypt at sites including Kom el-Daba, Quesna and Tell Basta and the ancient capitals of Memphis and Thebes. With over 125 years’ of experience, the Society today is a vibrant organisation with an international membership. We run a dynamic and extensive programme of educational events, organised both in Egypt, and throughout the UK, as well as publishing a broad range of Egyptological books.
BISI is a UK charity. We fund and carry out research and public education on Iraq and neighbouring countries. BISI’s academic coverage includes anthropology, archaeology, history, geography, language and other fields in the arts, humanities and social sciences, from the earliest times until the present. The BISI has a Facebook page.
The Council for British Research in the Levant is the British Academy sponsored society for research into the humanities and social sciences in the Levant.
BIAA is internationally renowned for over 60 years’ work supporting, enabling and encouraging world-class research in Turkey and the Black Sea region in the fields of history, archaeology and related social sciences. The BIAA is one of the British Academy’s overseas Institutes. It has offices in Ankara and London, and a dedicated staff of experts from a wide variety of academic and cultural backgrounds. The BIAA has a Facebook page.
Further Institutions in and around London that put on events related to the Ancient Near East, with thanks to Angela Vanegas
Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society FB
Anglo-Omani Association FB
Archaeology Heritage Art Network
Ancient History Society UCL FB
Archaeology Research Institute, University of Cyprus
Ashmolean Museum FB
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH.
Association for Archaeological Research in Western Asia FB
Association for the Study of travel in Egypt and the Near East
Bloomsbury Summer School FB
Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
UCL Cruciform Building, Lecture Theatre 2, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT
British Academy FB
Albert Reckitt Archaeological lectures, Radcliffe Brown Lectures in Social Anthropology, Schweich lectures on Biblical Archaeology, Conferences, Summer Showcase
British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology FB
British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara FB
British Institute for the Study of Iraq FB
British Library FB
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
British Museum FB
British Museum, Great Russell St, London WCIB 3DG
British School of Athens FB
British Institute of Persian Studies FB
Cambridge University FB
McDonald Seminar Room, Department of Archaeology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ
The Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW
Centre for Islamic Studies, Exeter University
Classical Association of Scotland FB
Summer ancient language courses
Council for British Archaeology
Council for British Research in the Levant FB
Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute FB
Egyptian Exploration Society FB
3 Doughty Mews, London WC1N 2PG
Fitzwilliam Museum FB
Friends of the Petrie Museum FB
Greek Studies on Site FB
Hellenic Society FB
Institute of Classical Studies FB
International Association for the Study of Arabia
Kings Cambridge Silk Road programme FB
London & Middlesex Archaeological Society
London Centre for the Ancient Near East FB
MBI Al Jaber lecture series, SOAS FB
British Foundation for the Study of Arabia
Oxford Assyriology Conference FB
Oxford University Archaeology
Also, Eurasian seminars, Ancient Architecture, Greek
Palestine Exploration Fund FB
Petrie Museum, University College London, Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT
Royal Anthropological Institute FB
50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT
Royal Asiatic Society FB
Society of Jewellery Historians
Society of Antiquaries FB
Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BE
University of Glasgow Archaeology Seminar Series T
Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society NB from 23 March 2024
Oakwood Centre, Headley Road RG5 4JB
Coronation Hall, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JB
Ancient Middle Eastern Studies and Egyptology, Oxford https://orinst.web.ox.ac.uk/event/topics-in-ancient-near-eastern-studies-and-egyptology FB
Ewert House, Ewert Place, Banbury Road, Oxford OX2
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Sq, Oxford OX1 2JA
UCL Jewish Studies Continuing Education
University College London, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT
(History, Culture & Writing – Archaeology, Ancient Civilisations, Asian History, History of Science)(Languages – Classical Languages)
The City Lit, Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA
UCL Institute of Archaeology
Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1 0PY
Institute of Archaeology, London
Institute of Advanced Studies, South Wing, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
SOAS Short courses and associate learning
SOAS Main Building, Torrington Sq, London WC1H 0XG