HOW RAMASES BEGAN
RAMASES - Rainham and Medway and Swale Egyptology Society
One day in early 1997, a group of friends were returning from a visit to the British Museum. They had been indulging in one of their passions, an interest in ancient Egypt.
The conversation was of their concern at the possible closure of the Egyptology night school class where they met. Should this happen, not only would they miss the opportunity to learn more of such an interesting period in world history, but they would miss the camaraderie enjoyed by like-minded people sharing an interest with people who had subsequently become friends. A way had to be found to keep this fellowship alive.
So the nucleus of an idea for the present society was born during that train journey back to Kent. Within a short time the inaugural meeting of RAMASES took place.
Since then the society has gone from strength to strength. Our membership base is approximately seventy strong and throughout the year we have regular lectures given to us by speakers of both national and international repute in the world of Egyptology. We also organise day trips outings to places with Egyptian connections.
Our lectures are usually held on a Saturday afternoon at Newington Village Hall near Sittingbourne, Kent. We are serious in our interest, but not stuffy.