We would like to extend our thanks to Eton College for allowing us the opportunity to work with this unique collection of Egyptian artefacts. Our gratitude goes out to the College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham for funding this project and the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity for their support. Also to Mr Graham Norrie for his technical assistance. Thanks are also due to Dr Martin Bommas of the IAA for his constant support and inspiration throughout this project. Also to Mr Steven Gregory for his assistance in the editing of these essays. And finally to our friends at the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery Coventry who advised us on exhibition creation and management.