Belgian expansionism and the making of Egyptology, 1830-1952

In Belgium, Egyptology emerged later than elsewhere in Europe, but once under steam, it went through a rapid growth in the course of the first half of the 20th century. In the 1930s Brussels was occasionally even referred to as ‘the capital of Egyptology’.

Heliopolis.  © Le Soir Illustré, 15 Mar 1930.
"Frans van Kuyck", Book of Gold City of Antwerp, Part 1 1866-1892, p. 191. © FelixArchief.
"Ferdinand de Lesseps", Book of Gold City of Antwerp, Part 1 1866-1892, p. 144. © FelixArchief.
The Albert Eid & Co. antiquities store in Cairo. © Nag Hammadi Archive, Claremont Graduate University. Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, School of Religion.
Jean Capart - Severin Fresque © KMKG - MRAH
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News and activities

During his research on the life and works of Belgian Egyptologist Jean Capart, P&P-member Jean-Michel Bruffaerts and the archivists of the CINEMATEK film archive brought some footage of the Belgian royal visit of Egypt in 1923 back into attention.

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26 May 2020

Our former colleague and archivist Noortje Lambrichts has published an account (in Dutch) of her experiences at Pyramids & Progress in the first issue of 2020 of META, the journal of the Flemish Association for Library, Archive and Documentation (Vlaamse Vereniging voor

18 May 2020

Gert Huskens, one of Pyramids & Progress's PhD students, has published a review in the latest issue of Contemporanea about his research on Belgian diplomatic presence in Egypt.

28 Mar 2020

Last week, an interview with our P&P-member Jean-Michel Bruffaerts was featured in Le Soir. Re-read it over here !

Photo credit: Twitter, Isabelle Bastaits (@isabastaits).


22 Mar 2020

Our colleague Jean-Michel Bruffaerts has recently published an new article about Jean Capart called 'The origins of museum storytelling: Jean Capart and the dissemination of ancient Egypt' in the Il Capitale Culturale: Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage. 

3 Mar 2020

During the Hulencourt Festival our colleague Jean-Michel Bruffaerts will give a dinner-lecture on 12 March 2020

If you want to please both your intellectual as well as your gastronomic desires, this is the event you're looking for!



lecture | conference
25 Feb 2020

On 19 February 2020 Marleen De Meyer was invited to speak at the American University in Cairo, Rare Books and Special Collections Library, about "Jean Capart, a Belgian Egyptologist in the USA during the interwar years".

lecture | conference
20 Feb 2020

Gustave Hagemans’s passion for art and antiques is still visible in the showcases of the Art and History Museum of the Cinquantenaire.

4 Feb 2020

Nouveau regard sur un masque de momie du Musée d’Art & d’Histoire (E.6884)

On Sunday February 9, 2020, P&P-member dr. Dorian Vanhulle will give a lecture (in French) at the Art & History Museum (Brussels).  

lecture | conference
27 Jan 2020

Leopold II, the second king of the Belgian (1835-1909, r. 1865-1909), travelled twice in Egypt while he was still Prince and Duke of Brabant: once between January 1854 and March 1855, then between December 1862 and February 1863.

16 Dec 2019

On Wednesday December 11, 2019, P&P-member dr. Marleen De Meyer will give a lecture (in Dutch) at KU Leuven. This event is organised by Ex Oriente Lux Leuven and Egyptologica Vlaanderen.

lecture | conference
3 Dec 2019

KU Leuven, Mgr. Sencie-Instituut MSI 00.28, Erasmusplein 2, 3000 Leuven


lecture | conference
14 Nov 2019

On Monday November 11, 2019, P&P organises the symposium "The History of Egyptology in the Low Countries" at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, Egypt.

lecture | conference
29 Oct 2019