The Palestine Exploration Fund

The PEF was founded in 1865 and is the oldest organization in the world created specifically for the study of the Levant, the southern portion of which was conventionally known as ‘Palestine’.

PEF Office Hours: We are generally open to visitors Monday to Thursday 11am to 4pm, but please do ring 0207 935 5379 or email / to confirm.


Watch our latest videos on our YouTube channel.  Andrew Lawler’s lecture on Under Jerusalem, and Bashar Tabbah presenting Sacred Architecture: An exploration of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s complex history and landmark

Please note that views expressed at our lectures and events do not necessarily represent the views of the PEF, but are the speaker’s and/or audience’s own.

The Palestine Exploration Fund has a long history of over 150 years of engagement in the Middle East. We consider ourselves to be a non-political, non-religious, and non-sectarian organisation. Prompted by the dreadful consequences of the present war in Gaza and Israel, our thoughts are with all those whose lives are being torn apart. We deplore and unequivocally condemn the use of violence against all civilian populations and add our voice to those calling for a peaceful resolution of the present conflict. For a more detailed statement regarding Gaza’s cultural heritage and intellectual life, please click here: Download Statement.  

JONATHAN TUBB, 1951 – 2023. The PEF is greatly saddened by the death of its President and previous Chairman, Jonathan Tubb, on September the 25th, 2023, following a long illness. Jonathan was Curator of the Levant at the British Museum for over 40 years, and was Keeper of the Department of Middle East since 2011 until his retirement in 2021. He was best known for his excavations at the Jordanian site of Tell es Sa’idiyeh, and for the British Museum’s Iraq Scheme. At the PEF,  Jonathan headed up the launch of the new PEF Annuals series, which are a core part of the PEF’s academic output today. He also facilitated the cordial relationship between the PEF and the British Museum, which also continues, to the benefit of both institutions. He was a wise, genial colleague and friend, and will be sorely missed.


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