emmet jackson

Emmet Jackson studied Egyptology at the University of Manchester where he developed an interest in the history of Egyptology and Egyptomania in the Irish context. His research interests center on the travels and the associated antiquarian collection and artwork of Lady Harriet Kavanagh. He is a trustee for the Association of Studies for Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE). He holds a B.A. (Mod), M.Sc., H.Dip, PG.Dip. and is a part-time Ph.D. candidate at Exeter University. 

Emmet began Irish Egyptology as a collaborative forum for those interested in Irish travelers, explorers and archaeologist with Egyptian connections. The contributors to this site stem from a wide range of disciplines and have graciously given their time and intellectual property to add to this area of research.


Dr Rachel Finnegan


Rachel Finnegan studied Classical Philology at Trinity College Dublin & the National University of Ireland, and spent two years at the British School of Archaeology at Athens. After working as an Administrator at the Royal Irish Academy, she took up an appointment, in 1994, as Lecturer in the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology, and is currently Programme Leader for the MA in Arts & Heritage Management.  

Rachel Finnegan studied Classics at Trinity College Dublin & the National University of Ireland, and spent two years at the British School of Archaeology at Athens. After working for four years as an Administrator at the Royal Irish Academy, she took up an appointment, in 1995, as Lecturer in Irish Arts & Heritage Management at Waterford Institute of Technology. In January 2015 she left this post to develop her existing company, Pococke Press, and to set up an associated company, Irish Academic Editing.

Since 2005 her research interests have been concerned with the Irish on the Grand Tour.  She has published widely on 18th-century connoisseurship and in 2008 her new edition of Richard Twiss, A Tour in Ireland in 1775, was published by UCD Press.  More recently she has published on the famous traveller and Egyptologist, the Reverend Dr Richard Pococke, including an article on his classical “improvements” to St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny (2008), another on his relationship with the Earl of Sandwich (2012), and an edition in three volumes of his Grand Tour Correspondence (2011-13). Her most recent publication (2013) is a biographical account of Pococke’s unpopular uncle, the Reverend Dr Thomas Milles, Bishop of Waterford & Lismore (1671-1740), and an article on Pococke’s travels and “curious” collections is soon to appear in the Journal of the History of Collections (2014, forthcoming, Oxford).  Further details of these publications can be found at Pococke Press.  

Eleanor fitzsimons



Eleanor Fitzsimons is a researcher and writer who specialises in historical and current feminist issues. She has an M.A. in Women, Gender and Society from University College Dublin. In 2013, she was awarded the Keats-Shelley Essay Prize and was runner-up for the Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize. Her work has been published in a range of newspapers and journals including The Sunday TimesThe GuardianHistory Today and The Irish Times, and she is a regular radio and television contributor. She blogs at https://eafitzsimons.wordpress.com. Her book Wilde’s Women was shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Prize in 2014 and was published by Duckworth Overlook on 16 October 2015. She is working on a biography of E. Nesbit but keeps getting distracted by Wilde.

Dr Robert Morkot

Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter EX4 2JQ


Robert Morkot's research interests are based in the Mediterranean and North-east Africa, and have been particularly involved with Egypt, Nubia and Sudan, and Libya, although extend to Syria and Mesopotamia, Greece and Italy. He specialises in the period from the Late Bronze Age (c.1500 BCE) to the time of the Arab expansion (c.650 CE). He is also interested in the historiography of the discipline, and uses and reception of the antiquity in western Europe. He recently held an AHRC Fellowship for research into the Intellectual Development of Egyptology 1780-1880.

Robert has, for many years, been actively involved with a number of the leading organisations in the region: the Society for Libyan Studies, ASTENE (The Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East), the Egypt Exploration Society and the Friends of the Petrie Museum.

Robert Morkot is currently Chair of Council of the Society for Libyan Studies, Vice-President of the Friends of the Petrie Museum and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.