These are the main institutions based in London, universities excepted, with Ancient Near Eastern interests


British Museum: Department of the Middle East

The Department of the Middle East covers the ancient and contemporary civilisations and cultures of the Middle East from the Neolithic period until the present.

There is a wide range of archaeological material and ancient art from Mesopotamia (Iraq); Iran; the Levant (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel); Anatolia (Turkey); Arabia; Central Asia and the Caucasus. Highlights of the collection include Assyrian reliefs, treasure from the Royal Cemetery of Ur, the Oxus Treasure, Phoenician ivories and the library of cuneiform tablets from Nineveh.

British Museum: Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan

The Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum houses an important collection of objects which illustrate every aspect of the cultures of the Nile Valley, from the Neolithic period (about 10,000 BC) until the twelfth century AD.

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period.

Friends of the Petrie Museum

The Friends of the Petrie Museum organise monthly academic lectures on Egyptological subjects; hands-on seminars in the museum open to members by ballot; book launches, museum events, fund-raising study days and activities, tours to places and museums of interest for the study of Egypt, and social events with fellow members.

The Friends support museum projects to further the work on the archaeological heritage of Flinders Petrie through conservation, publication and display of the collection.
Full details of membership benefits and the events list can be found on the website. More information too on Facebook


The Palestine Exploration Fund

The PEF was founded in 1865 and is the oldest organisation in the world created specifically for the study of the Levant, the southern portion of which was conventionally known as ‘Palestine’.

The PEF houses unique and diverse collections of artefacts, natural history specimens, documents, maps, paintings, drawings, and photographs from our numerous expeditions and excavations in the Levant in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, the PEF curates archival material donated by individuals and organisations. The result is a unique resource used by scholars and researchers from around the world from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

The Egypt Exploration Society

The Egypt Exploration Society funds and supports archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt. The Society is the UK’s oldest independent funding body in the field of Egyptology, and continues to carry out ground-breaking research in Egypt at sites including Kom el-Daba, Quesna and Tell Basta and the ancient capitals of Memphis and Thebes. With over 125 years’ of experience, the Society today is a vibrant organisation with an international membership. We run a dynamic and extensive programme of educational events, organised both in Egypt, and throughout the UK, as well as publishing a broad range of Egyptological books.

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq

BISI is a UK charity. We fund and carry out research and public education on Iraq and neighbouring countries. BISI’s academic coverage includes anthropology, archaeology, history, geography, language and other fields in the arts, humanities and social sciences, from the earliest times until the present. The BISI has a Facebook page.

The Council for British Research in the Levant

The Council for British Research in the Levant is the British Academy sponsored society for research into the humanities and social sciences in the Levant.

The British Institute at Ankara

BIAA is internationally renowned for over 60 years’ work supporting, enabling and encouraging world-class research in Turkey and the Black Sea region in the fields of  history, archaeology and related social sciences. The BIAA is one of the British Academy’s overseas Institutes. It has offices in Ankara and London, and a dedicated staff of experts from a wide variety of academic and cultural backgrounds. The BIAA has a Facebook page.