Objects Come to Life – Contributors


Stephanie Boonstra is a PhD candidate in Egyptology at the University of Birmingham and is also the current Postgraduate Curator of the Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Art currently on loan to the University of Birmingham. She is the curator of the Objects Come to Life physical and digital exhibition which aims to create biographies of the objects in the Eton Myers Collection, especially those with no archaeological provenance. Her research focus is on Eighteenth Dynasty scarabs, with a special emphasis on their production.


Sarah Chapman is a PhD candidate in Egyptology at the University of Birmingham who recently submitted her doctoral thesis on the embalming ritual of the Late Period through to Ptolemaic Egypt. She also specialises in computational photography in archaeology and has created the 3D images featured in the Objects Come to Life virtual exhibition as well as co-curated Bes: Development of a Deity.

Harry Fowler is currently an MA student in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester after completing his BA in Ancient History at the University of Birmingham. While an undergraduate, he volunteered in the Eton Myers Collection and wrote his undergraduate dissertation on Isiac imagery.

Carla Gallorini is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and is an expert in Egyptian ceramics. She was formerly a Research Assistant at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge where her primary research was on the pottery of Kom Rabia, Memphis. In addition to working extensively in the field as an archaeologist in Egypt, she has also worked as the librarian and assistant secretary of the Egypt Exploration Society.

Carl Graves is a final year PhD candidate in Egyptology at the University of Birmingham researching landscape in the Middle Kingdom. He is also the Education and Public Engagement Manager at the Egypt Exploration Society, which in part involves researching and working with the excavation archives held there. He previously held the position of Postgraduate Curator of the Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Art at the University of Birmingham and has curated previous exhibitions utilising the collection, such as Connections: Communication in Ancient Egypt and Bes: Development of a Deity.

Steven Gregory is an alumni of the University of Birmingham and is currently an independent scholar researching the iconography of kingship, with particular focus upon the New Kingdom ritual landscape at Thebes. Previously a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham, Steven is now the Chair of Birmingham Egyptology and the editor of the Birmingham Egyptology Journal.

Maria Michela Luiselli is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham with an expertise in personal religion in ancient Egypt. She was a Research Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Basel, Switzerland, where her research focus was the cult of the goddess Mut. In addition, she was formerly a research associate for the Eton Myers Collection at the University of Birmingham where she contributed to its inaugural Birmingham exhibition, Sacred and Profane at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

Edward Mushett Cole is a Teaching Associate at the University of Birmingham in the Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology Department. He recently completed a PhD in Egyptology at Birmingham reassessing the evidence for decline in the late New Kingdom to early Third Intermediate Period. Edward was a prominent member of the Rosetta Journal committee, serving roles such as articles editor and publicity officer from 2012-2016.

Sigrid Nilsson is an MA student at the University of Lund whose research focus is on 13th century Netley Abbey in Southampton. As a winner of the International Museums and Collections Award, she visited the University of Birmingham in the summer of 2016 where she volunteered at a variety of on-campus museums, including the Eton Myers Collection.

Brooke Norton is a PhD Candidate in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley and her research interests include New Kingdom archaeology and cultural connections between Egypt and the Southern Levant. She received her MA from New York University, where she researched the archaeological contexts of Execration Texts.

Zara Shoosmith finished her MA thesis in 2015 at the University of Birmingham on the then unpublished anthropoid coffin of Pa-di-Amun in the collections of the World Museum, Liverpool looking in-depth at the inscribed texts. Her research interests are ancient Egyptian religious texts and funerary archaeology.


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