thegreatbelzoni (tim cooper)
I was born in 1961 in Birmingham, England and studied History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham (BA 1986, PhD 1992). Between 1990 and 2000 I taught Medieval and Local History, and Landscape Archaeology, at the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester and Hull. I have written books on early Tudor History, industrial archaeology and ancient Egypt.
One of my first interests as a child was Egyptology, and this was something I found myself revisiting around 2005 when my short career as an academic historian had been over for a few years. I realised a long-held ambition by making my first visit to Egypt in 2008, an experience I have recounted in my book Leaving Thebes. I have visited Egypt on a number of occasions since then and have made some good friends.
This site consists of photographic essays, drawn largely from the journals made on my visits to Egypt. My visits have spanned the Revolution of January 2011 and subsequent political upheavals and the effects of those changes form an inescapable background to my work, for instance in the effective collapse of mass tourism to the country that has occurred since then.
I hope that my writing might inspire adventures of your own, to parts of the world that call you to them. Except where stated, all images on this site are my own. Please feel free to use them but if you do I would be grateful for an acknowledgement of the source.