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 – 2020

Pyramids of the Old and Middle Kingdoms

A soft pink in the morning sunlight, the three pyramids of the Giza Plateau, the majestic icons of ancient Egypt, dominate the skyline, the last surviving wonders of the ancient world. Less well-known perhaps are the pyramids of el-Lahun, Hawara, Meidum, Dahshur, Abu Seir and Abu Rawash yet all were built to shelter the burial of the reigning king, a statement of power, a testimony not only to the skill of the ancient builders but to the organizational abilities of court and state. Yet each pyramid has a different story to tell, from simplicity and grandeur to now insignificant mud-brick ‘superstructures’ with no hint of the complex of subterranean rooms and passages beneath. Come and discover some of ancient Egypt’s ‘Pyramids of the Old and New Kingdoms’. A warm welcome awaits.

Tuesday  January 7th 2020 7.05 pm to 9.05 p.m. 


Friday  January 10th 2020 11.00 am to 1.00 p.m.

Classes will run for 9 weeks to March 10th or March 13th.

(Note: There will be no classes on Tuesday February 25th or Friday February 29th (half-term ))

Cost – £60.00

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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