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.

Summer Term – 2019

Egypt: Glimpses into the Past

For many people, ancient Egypt remains shrouded in mystery. Guide book in hand, welcome shade in the shadow of a wall or a towering colonnade, the facts seem simple. This is Karnak; (and, hopefully, an ice-cold Stella or welcome cup of tea), move on to the west bank. Yet behind these so familiar walls and columns lies the story of countless hours of archaeological excavation, research and painstaking restoration. Names like Etienne Drioton and Bruyere are now familiar only in academic circles, yet early in the 20th century their research was instrumental in the re-discovery of Deir el Medina and Karnak. In more modern times Manfred Bietak has given back to us Avaris, capital city of the Hyksos but already established in the Middle Kingdom. While much remains unpublished or published only in the language of the archaeologists, fascinating glimpses into the stories of sites and people still remain. Do join us as we explore together this new course: Egypt-Glimpses into the Past. A warm welcome awaits.

Tuesday  May 7th 2019 7.00 pm to 9.00 p.m. 


Friday  May 10th 2019 11.00 am to 1.00 p.m.

Classes will run for 6 weeks to June 18th or June 21st.

(Note: There will be no classes on Tuesday May 28th or Friday May 31st (half-term ))

Cost – £40.00

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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