Recommended age: 16+ years
In the 1980s, a new wave of Egyptomania emerged in Australia with the first touring exhibition from Cairo, but Australia’s fascination with Egypt’s ancient past had begun in the 19th century. Our attraction to the ancient world endured throughout the political swings and design trends of the early 20th century, and grew as Egypt hosted ANZACs for deployment in both World Wars.
Come with us to ‘Ramses Street’ as we explore the legacy of Ancient Egypt in Australia and discuss the current shift to untangle and address colonial narratives in museums.
Note: Ticket price does NOT include entry to Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs.
*Book online to save with our summer offer (valid until 31 January 2024).
Dr Alexandra Woods
Dr Alexandra Woods is digital art historian and Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Archaeology, Wallamattagul Campus, Macquarie University. Her research draws on approaches from anthropology, museum studies, the history of science and digital humanities to study ancient Egyptian visual culture in archives, media representations, and museum collections.
Alexandra is academic lead on the funded project “Antiquity in the Archive. The Collection and Curation of Archaeological Archives in Egyptology”, in partnership with the Griffith Institute, Oxford University. The project aims to digitise and critique the development and cultural effects of an archaeological archive. She is committed to the mentoring and support of women and underrepresented minorities within academia and in 2020 established the Academic Mentoring Program for Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies.
Candace Richards is the assistant curator of the Nicholson Collection and has been part of the Sydney University Museums team for more than 15 years. Candace's research interests bring together ancient world studies with contemporary museum practice to re-evaluate how and why collections were formed and explore the ways archaeology and antiquities collections can offer new insights into human endeavour. Candace is an archaeologist interested in Mediterranean and Balkan archaeology and has worked on research and commercial excavations in Europe and Australia.