Painting from the Tomb of Sennedjem, Deir el Medina, 19th Dynasty.
Painting from the Tomb of Sennedjem, Deir el Medina, 19th Dynasty. Image: Rafaëlla Waasdorp
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Recommended age: 18+ years

We wrap up our Tomb Talks series with archaeologist Dr Susanne Binder as she sits down with the Australian Museum’s Head of Exhibitions Fran Dorey, to explore the phenomenon of Ramesside tomb robberies.

Join us for a drink and a selection of Egyptian-inspired canapés as we explore archaeological evidence unearthed by the Macquarie Theban Tombs Project and compare it with the contents of the Tomb-Robbery Papyri, in an attempt to discover where the truth lies.

Following the chat, you’ll be guided to Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs where you’ll receive our exclusive object spotlight tour presented by Egypt art historian Dr Georgia Barker.

Your ticket includes:

  • A drink on arrival and a chef’s selection of Egyptian-inspired canapés
  • 45-minute talk + Q&A with a leading expert
  • Ticket to Ramses & The Gold of the Pharaohs (valued at $52) and skip the queue for express entry
  • Within the exhibition, enjoy an exclusive in-person spotlight tour by an expert as they share the stories behind their favourite objects
  • Following your tour, enjoy access to Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs until the Museum closes at 9pm

Note: Ticket price does NOT include VR experience or exhibition audio guide.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours



Susanne Binder

Susanne Binder is a member of the Australian Centre for Egyptology
Susanne Binder is a member of the Australian Centre for Egyptology. Image: Supplied
© Susanne Binder

Susanne Binder is a member of the Australian Centre for Egyptology. Since the mid-1990s, she has participated regularly on the Macquarie Theban Tombs Project, conducting archaeological fieldwork on the West Bank in Luxor. She obtained a PhD in Egyptology from Macquarie University on “The Gold of Honour in New Kingdom Egypt”, a topic that explores material culture as well as historical, political and social issues of the ancient civilisation.

At MU, Susanne taught ancient Egyptian history, archaeology and language in the Department of History and Archaeology until 2022. Through her archival work on the 19th century expedition diary of Max Weidenbach, Susanne has developed her interest on pioneering European exploration of ancient Egypt and the early scientific documentation of its monuments.


Fran Dorey (Host)

Fran Dorey
Fran Dorey, Head of Exhibitions at the Australian Museum, appears in Whales | Tohorā at the Australian Museum. Image: Nick Langley
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Fran Dorey is Head of Exhibitions, at the Australian Museum, leading the Exhibition team responsible for the curation, design, preparation and maintenance of the Museum’s permanent, temporary and touring products.

She has co-curated and project managed some of the AM’s most ambitious exhibitions including 200 Treasures, Dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, Aztecs, Alexander the Great, Life Beyond the Tomb, Art of the Pharaohs and Climate Change – our future our choice.

Fran has a BA (Honours) majoring in archaeology and ancient history from the University of Sydney and a Dip Ed (Secondary) from Charles Sturt University. She remains passionate about archaeology and history, as well as palaeontology and palaeoanthropology, and writes and maintains the AM’s popular Human Evolution webpages.


Dr Georgia Barker (Spotlight Tour Guide)

Georgia Barker
Georgia Barker completed a Doctor of Philosophy in 2021 and a postdoctoral research fellowship in 2022 at Macquarie University, specialising in ancient Egyptian funerary art. Image: Supplied
© Georgia Barker

Georgia Barker completed a Doctor of Philosophy in 2021 and a postdoctoral research fellowship in 2022 at Macquarie University, specialising in ancient Egyptian funerary art. In 2023 she was the W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence at California State University, San Bernardino, where she taught a unique class that mixed the study of ancient Egyptian art with modern museum collecting practices and ethics.

She has worked extensively with national and international museum collections, including the Macquarie University History Museum, Sydney Living Museums (now Museums of History NSW), the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the British Museum.


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