Institute of Archaeology


International award for Egypt's Dispersed Heritage project

3 December 2020

The AHRC-funded Egypt's Dispersed Heritage project was recently awarded a medal of achievement from Misr University for Science and Technology (MUST) in Cairo.

Heba Abd El Gawad being presented award by the Vice Dean for Community Services and Environment Development , Prof. Ibrahim Badr,  Must University, Cairo

The medal of achievement from Misr University for Science and Technology (MUST) was received following the project's nomination from the Department of Archaeology and Tourism Guidance. Project researcher, Heba Abd El Gawad accepted the award on 2 December following an invitation to present at a day-long conference devoted to the project.

Egypt's Dispersed Heritage is an AHRC follow-on-funding for impact and engagement initiative led by project PI, Alice Stevenson and co-developed with Heba Abd El Gawad. Working in partnership with five UK Museums and a series of Egyptian comic artists, graphic designers, community schools and educators, Egypt's Dispersed Heritage has sought to reconnect Egyptian communities with Egyptian collections removed by British Archaeologists. 

Heba Abd El Gawad with the Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism Guidance, Prof Omaima el-shall, MUST University, Cairo

Following on from the AHRC-funded Artefacts of Excavation project which revealed the expansive legacy of British fieldwork in Egypt and its distribution of archaeological finds to around 350 museums in 27 countries, this initiative ensures that Egyptians benefit from these findings on the dispersal of their heritage and facilitates the transformation of Egyptian narratives around these collections and histories.

You can read about their work with the National Museum of Scotland here and listen to a podcast with project researcher Heba Abd El Gawad here