These are the main institutions based in London, with Ancient Near Eastern interests.  Check for events and projects


British Museum: Department of the Middle East

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.

British Museum: Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan

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 of Egyptian Archaeology

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.

Friends of the Petrie Museum

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 Palestine Exploration Fund

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

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.

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq

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

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.

The British Institute at Ankara

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


Anglo-Turkish Society


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


Brunei Gallery


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


Mycenaean Seminars


Oxford Assyriology Conference FB


Oxford University Archaeology

Also, Eurasian seminars, Ancient Architecture, Greek


Palestine Exploration Fund FB


Petrie Museum

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   FB


Ancient Middle Eastern Studies and  Egyptology, Oxford FB


Warburg Institute 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


City Lit

(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