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Helen Strudwick

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Senior Curator (Ancient Nile Valley)

Helen Strudwick is Senior Curator (Ancient Nile Valley) at the Fitzwilliam Museum and is responsible for the Museum’s collection of Egyptian Antiquities. Since 2014, with Julie Dawson (Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow and Affiliated Researcher), she has a led a project to study, document and publish information about the Fitzwilliam’s collection of Egyptian coffins.

She first joined the Department of Antiquities in 2001 as an Egyptologist, working in documentation of the collections, as a dedicated outreach officer for ancient Egypt and then as acting Senior Assistant Keeper. In 2009 she became the Fitzwilliam’s first exhibitions officer, a post she held until her return to Antiquities in 2014.

Working with Julie Dawson (former Head of Conservation at the Fitzwilliam), she curated a major exhibition on ancient Egyptian coffins and the funerary industry in 2016 called Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife of Ancient Egypt. She also co-authored an exhibition catalogue of the same name.

Helen has also been archaeological director of the Cambridge Theban Tomb mission which has worked in Luxor since 1984 on a long-term project to document private tombs endangered by theft, tourism and environmental damage. So far the project has recorded Theban tombs 99, 253, 254, 294 and 297.

She is passionate about sharing information about ancient Egypt, not only with other Egyptologists but with people from all walks of life and is a regular lecturer at day schools and events run by local Egyptology societies.

+H. Strudwick, J. Dawson, J. Marchant, E. Geldhof and C. Hunkeler. In press. ‘Complex layered structures on ‘bivalve’ coffins’. Proceedings of the Second Vatican Conference 6–9 June 2017. Città del Vaticano: Edizioni Musei Vaticani

+H. Strudwick. In press. ‘A painted shroud fragment in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge’. [To be published in a forthcoming Festschrift]

+H. Strudwick. (2022) ‘Reuse, appropriation and ownership in ancient Egypt: a prolegomenon’. The Star who appears in Thebes: Studies in Honour of Jiro Kondo. Liverpool: Abercomby Press, 413-428

+J. Dawson, T. Turmezei, G. Killen and H. Strudwick. 2022. ’Revealing Interiors: CT scanning and microCT scanning of wooden coffins’. In Proceedings of the first international conference for Science of Ancient Egyptian materials and technology (SAEMT), Cairo 4-6 November 2017. Cairo: IFAO, 35–47

+M. Pitkin, H. Strudwick, J. Dawson and S. Hany Abed. (2021) ‘Engaging audiences in areas of low cultural provision: the concept of the ‘Pop-up’ museum experience’, CIPEG Journal, 4 https://doi.org/10.11588/cipeg.2020.4.83936

+L. Rees and H. Strudwick. (2020) ‘The sarcophagus ensemble of Ramesses III from KV 11: new insights from old documents and recent finds’. In Akhet Neheh: studies in honour of Willem Hovestreydt on occasion of his 75th birthday. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 43-55.

+H. Strudwick and J. Dawson (eds). (2018) Ancient Egyptian Coffins: past, present, future. Oxford: Oxbow Books https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvh9w0cw

+H. Strudwick. (2017) ‘Egyptian coffins at the Fitzwilliam Museum: a case study in collection formation’. In Egypt 2015: Perspectives of Research (Proceedings of the Seventh European Conference of Egyptologists). Oxford: Archaeopress, 97-113 http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv170x4dg.16

+H. Strudwick. (2017) ‘The enigmatic owner of the coffins of Nespawershefyt at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge’. In Proceedings of the First Vatican Coffin Conference: 19–22 June 2013. Città del Vaticano: Edizioni Musei Vaticani, 287-394 https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.42594

H. Strudwick (ed.). (2006) The encyclopedia of ancient Egypt. London: Amber Books

+H. Strudwick. (2016) ‘Egyptian coffins at the Fitzwilliam Museum: the formation of the collection’. In H. Strudwick and J. Dawson (eds) Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife of Ancient Egypt. London: D Giles Ltd, 13–27

+H. Strudwick and J. Dawson. (2016) ‘Catalogue’. In H. Strudwick and J. Dawson (eds) Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife of Ancient Egypt. London: D Giles Ltd, 113–254

H. Strudwick and T. Emmett. (2016) ‘The geological and geographical setting of TT99’. In N. Strudwick (ed.) The Tomb of Pharaoh’s Chancellor Senneferi at Thebes (TT99) vol. I: The New Kingdom. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 37–44

H. Strudwick and N. Strudwick. (2016) ‘The tomb, its architecture and history’. In N. Strudwick (ed.) The Tomb of Pharaoh’s Chancellor Senneferi at Thebes (TT99) vol. I: The New Kingdom. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 45–77

H. Strudwick and N. Strudwick. (2016) ‘The burial assemblage of Senneferi’. In N. Strudwick (ed.) The Tomb of Pharaoh’s Chancellor Senneferi at Thebes (TT99) vol. I: The New Kingdom. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 289–292

H. Strudwick. (2015) ‘An accumulation of dirt: excavations at the courtyard of the tomb of Senneferi at Thebes’. In A. Jiménez-Serrano and C. von Pilgrim (eds), From the Delta to the Cataract: Studies Dedicated to Mohamed el-Bialy (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East, Volume 76). Leiden: Brill, 263–271 https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004293458_022

H. Strudwick. (2013) ‘Review of Tour of the Nile [iPad App] in Internet Archaeology 34 http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.34.6

N. Strudwick and H. Strudwick (eds). (2011) Old Kingdom, New Perspectives: Egyptian art and archaeology 2750-2150 BC. Oxford: Oxbow Books https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvh1dm4r

J. Dawson and H. Strudwick. (2009) ‘A close-up look: ‘Meet the Antiquities’ in the Fitzwilliam Museum’ in Proceedings of the conference Cultural encounters and explorations: Conservation’s ‘Catch 22’. What’s the Damage? Physical Encounters: Increased Benefit or Increased Risk? At https://web.archive.org/web/20160114160607/http://www.ucl.ac.uk/conservation-c-22/conference

H. Strudwick. (2009) ‘Papyrus at the Fitzwilliam Museum’. In Ausgestattet mit den Schriften des Thot: Festschrift für Irmtraut Munro zu ihrem 65. Geburtstag (Studien zum altägyptischen Totenbuch, Band 14). Harrassowitz Verlag, 201-215

H. Strudwick. (2007) Review of Maarten J. Raven, The Tomb of Pay and Raia at Saqqara. In Antiquity 81 (2007), 233–234

H. Strudwick. (2006) ‘New light on ancient Egypt’. In History Today 56 (June 2006), 58

H. Strudwick and A. Stevenson. (2006) ‘A class act? Society and Death in Ancient Egypt: Mortuary Landscapes of the Middle Kingdom, by Janet Richards’. In Cambridge Archaeological Journal 2006-10, 354–356. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0959774306220225

H. Strudwick. (2003) Pocket timeline of ancient Egypt. London: British Museum Press.

H. Strudwick. (2002) Review of Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt, by Lynn Meskell. In Antiquity 75 (2001), 903–904.

H. Strudwick and N. Strudwick. (1999) Thebes in Egypt: A Guide to the Tombs and Temples of Ancient Luxor. London: British Museum Press.

H. Strudwick and N. Strudwick. (1997) ‘The house of Amenmose in Theban Tomb 254’. In R. Tefnin (ed.), La peinture égyptienne ancienne. Un monde de signes à preserver (Monumenta Aegyptiaca 7, 1997), 37–47

N. Strudwick and H. Strudwick. (1996) The Tombs of Amenhotep, Khnummose and Amenmose at Thebes. Oxford: Griffith Institute.

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