The Diocese of Egypt Opens a New Research Centre
in Collaboration with the University of Leicester
On 9 May, 2019, the Diocese of Egypt reopened its renovated archive and, in the same ceremony, celebrated the grand opening of the Cairo Research Centre. The British Ambassador, Sir Geoffrey Adams; Bishop Mouneer Anis, the Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt; Dr. James Moore of the University of Leicester; and Dr. Richard Gauvain of the British University in Cairo; and others from the Diocesan and Egypt’s academic community joined us in the exciting event.
Since 2015, the Diocese has been digitizing all the documents and manuscripts, under the supervision of the archivist. The Diocese also chose to move the location of the archive, to a newly-renovated facility, specially designed to house the archive materials. The University of Leicester has provided support, both technical and financial, to the Diocese of Egypt in order to support this process. The Diocesan Archive contains records of the Episcopal / Anglican church and the British community in Egypt dating back to the early nineteenth century. Contents include registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths, minute books, correspondence, orders of service, maps, plans, newsletters and printed pamphlets. Attached to the archive is a library of academic books relating to the history, topography and architecture of Egypt and the Middle East.
In order to provide access to the great wealth of information in this archive, we added a research centre, adjoining to the archive. The Cairo Research Centre will be a meeting place for researchers, scholars and members of the public who are interested in modern Egyptian history, society and culture. The Centre will hold regular events, workshops and seminars and provide access to affordable accommodation for visiting scholars and guests.
From the Diocese of Egypt’s Press Office