Angela Torpey

Angela for WLSI studied Egyptology as part of my first degree  at the Victoria University of Manchester, became hooked and was fortunate to be able to continue to a Master of Philosophy Degree specializing in the Amarna Period, also at Manchester. For the past 22 years I taught Lifelong Learning at the University of Warwick and also for 12 years a Distance Education Certificate in Egyptology for the University of Manchester. Egyptology has become my passion and my life.
One of the first requests I had at Warwick was to consider a Study Tour to Egypt. I was terrified. From this began almost 20 years of organising and leading Study Tours to Egypt, both independently and as guest lecturer with Ancient World Tours. 
With my passion for Egyptology is perhaps a stronger passion for Lifelong Learning. I left school at just a week shy of my fifteenth birthday with no qualifications, just a love of reading. My return to learning came in my early twenties and in an entirely unexpected way. I can still remember the sense of amazement and wonder when I passed my first GCE exam.  With my degrees I also now have a PostGraduate Certificate in Education in Further and Higher Education awarded by Wolverhampton University and more recently  qualifications in e-learning. Today I look back with gratitude and not a little humility at the amazing life which gradually opened up to me and which I hope will continue.

Spring Term – 2019

Egypt: Pharaoh’s People

From time immemorial, as family groups became small village communities, one person would became more prominent within that community, possibly because of the wisdom of age, possibly because he had shown great prowess in hunting, possibly simply because of the family he was born into. As ancient Egypt developed from small village communities, the local chief became a more powerful ruler, both as (originally sole) priest and as leader. By the beginning of Dynastic Egypt a ‘pyramid’ was born, from the king through to the peasants. It was Pharaoh alone however who was responsible for the security of the country and for provisioning his people. Inevitably a (sometimes top-heavy) administration grew up to support the sovereign. Do join us as we explore together this new course: Egypt-Pharaoh’s People. A warm welcome awaits.

Tuesday  January 8th 2019 7.00 pm to 9.00 p.m. 


Friday  January 11th 2019 11.00 am to 1.00 p.m.

Classes will run for 8 weeks to March 5th or March 8th.

(Note: There will be no classes on Tuesday January 29th or Friday February 22nd (half-term ))

Cost – £54.00

Xcel Centre, Mitchell Avenue, Coventry CV4 8DY (off Charter Avenue)
(nr. University of Warwick Westwood Site)

Please note: students with internet access will also be able to access elements of this course on line at

If you would like to contact me to register or with any questions please feel free to fill in the contact form or e-mail me at





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