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Talk, Wed 29 May 2019


U3A Richmond


York House,
Richmond Road,

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Janet has been a teacher and trainer and now delivers talks on Italy and on Egypt to a range of organisations and groups and on cruise ships.

She travelled with her family as a child and travelling has formed an important part of her life ever since. For 3 yrs she lived in Egypt. She recalls ‘gazing in awe’ at the pyramids and other monuments of Ancient Egypt, and the numerous, wide-ranging questions which took root in her mind. In researching answers, she was amazed by what she discovered.

Her presentation begins with the time before the pharaohs, looking at the landscape and geography of the early settlers; the movement of the semi-nomadic people of the Savannah, away from the grassland to their settling in the Nile Valley.

She investigates their unique geography, fabulous wealth, deep theology, and artistic and creative skills that was the backdrop to the development of this incredible culture.

The talk then takes us through to the unification of Ancient Egypt – ‘The Two Lands’, and to the beginning of pharaonic rule, which set the scene for the culture which went on to achieve the incredible feat of building the world’s first pyramid – The Step Pyramid at Saqqara.

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Dates Times
Wed 29 May 2019 14:30


Members pay £1 (please bring your membership card) and non-members £2, which includes refreshments.



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