Patrons of the Society
Professor Geoffrey T Martin John Webb
Professor Geoffrey T Martin
Professor Martin was born in South Ockendon, attended school at Aveley and later Palmer's School in Grays. He was interested in history and archaeology from an early age and his particular interest in Egyptology developed whilst at university. He worked in the Egyptology Department at University College, London and in 1975 he was appointed Director of the joint Anglo/Dutch expedition at Saqqara.
For four seasons from 1999 he was joint Field Director of the Amarna Royal Tombs Project in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor. In 2005 he formed his own small mission (The Cambridge Expedition to the Valley of the Kings) to work in the same location, and is currently investigating the tomb of the pharaoh Horemheb, who was originally Tutankhamun's regent and adviser but eventually succeeded to the throne himself. Professor Martin is now Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at the University of London and Fellow Commoner, Christ's College, Cambridge University. He is also a prolific author; his book 'The Hidden Tombs of Memphis' being of particular interest to the general reader.
Over the years we have lost a number of individuals who have made a major contribution to the society and local history in Thurrock. Here are the obituaries for:
Christopher Harrold Jonathan Catton, Randal Bingley, Brian Burton, John H Boyes, Margaret Jones, Sherwin Chase and Dr Mike Catton
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