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The lectures organised by both groups are  intended for anyone with an interest in Egyptology from complete beginners with a casual interest, to advanced students of any age.
For more information about the two groups programmes, please use the appropriate tab on the 'Events' button.

CHES (the Chesterfield Egyptology Society) is independently organised and funded outside of the annual membership of the SSAE Society. It finances itself entirely from a per lecture fee (currently £5.00, study days extra) and fundraising events. The group is based in Chesterfield and organises a programme of 6 lectures a year, providing interesting speakers such as Chris Naunton, John Wyatt, Campbell Price, Lucia Gahlin and more.

We do also have a social side and are always good for a discussion after every lecture!

The Society for the Study of Ancient Egypt (SSAE) came into being following a series of very successful Adult Education classes on Egyptology, held in various communities throughout Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Students attending these courses wanted to extend further their own knowledge and to meet other people with similar interests. 

The SSAE has continued to grow from strength to strength and now one of the largest Ancient Egypt Societies in the United Kingdom with members throughout the UK.

There are two branches of the SSAE:


      The SSAE   has an annual membership scheme which offers :

  •  6 lectures a year (3 in Nottingham, 3 in Chesterfield)
  •  social events and trips in the UK and abroad​
  •  uniquely, it offers a  DVD Library for Members.

The Societies events centre on a series of illustrated lectures by distinguished Egyptologists and Archaeologists.
These have included Geoffrey Martin, Kenneth Kitchen, Harry James, Rosalie David, Joann Fletcher, Aidan Dodson and David Rohl, Carol Andrews, Bill Manley, Alan Lloyd, Jaromir Malek, Joyce Tyldesley and Rosalind Janssen to name just a few. 
Members of the Public are very welcome to attend.  There is a small charge on the door of £4.  Members who attend enter free.