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19th April 2018, 4PM, BRITISH MUSEUM :

Holy Lands and Theme Parks :religious visitor attractions worldwide

Crispin Paine, PEF Grant Scholar.

Tickets are available through the British Museum 1 month - 2 weeks before the lecture. To book, contact the British Museum Box Office:  020 7323 8181 or  and go to the 'What's On' option at the top of the BM homepage. Choose the 'Events Calendar' and scroll down the page to see events listed by date and time. If the event is not yet listed, please try again at a later date.                    

For more details of this event go to the 'Forthcoming Event's page on this website




Next summer, the PEF will be moving from its home of 106 years in Marylebone to a brand new purpose – designed space in Greenwich!

PEF Staff at Dreadnought Walk%2C Greenwich
From mid-2018, our new address will be 5-7 Dreadnought Walk, SE10 9FP
Email, fax and phone numbers will remain the same, and until notified, postal mail should continue to be sent to 2 Hinde Mews, Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2AA
Our new building, situated on the Thames waterfront with spectacular views along the river, will provide vastly improved facilities for our members, visitors, and staff, and for our unique collections, in one of the most famous, historic, and exciting parts of London.
However, to make this happen, the PEF will have to close to researchers and visitors in 2018. There will be restricted access to the library and collections from the 8th March onwards, and the PEF will close to all visitors from the 1st May onwards. Research enquiries and materials requests received by email may be possible to answer, depending on the accessibility of the material concerned. We are planning free special events at other venues for our members during the time we are closed. More details will be posted on this website as information becomes available.
Meanwhile, we thank you for your patience.






The PEF Library catalogue is now available to view online by clicking on the link below.

The library holds specialist titles (including journals) covering the core subjects of interest to the PEF for the Levant region (including Cyprus and the Sinia). Some key titles covering Egypt, the Aegean, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia are also held.

Earth sciences
Ethnography and Anthropology,
Ancient History and History (up to 1948)
Art and Architectural History,

PEF members can access the library by appointment.

To become a member, and/or to make an appointment to use the library, please contact the office

T: + 44 207 935 5379, or email: or
To check the availalbilty of a volume, please contact the Librarian at:


PEF BLOG and Twitter!

You can now follow and contribute to our blog by  clicking on this link

the blog contains features by our grant recipients, news on our archives and events, and we welcome your participation.

You can also follow us on Twitter! Join the tweeters by going to


PEQ is sent to all PEF subscribers four times a year. Volumes from 1865 to present are also available online to subscribers through

This is a major step forward in the improvement of our services to our members. Now, the incredible wealth of research in the pages of PEQ and the Quarterly Statement are available for members to access wherever they happen to be. New members will receive their access details from our publishers Taylor & Francis



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’. The PEF is a major bridge and information resource for the public and academic community.

The PEF constitution

It publishes an internationally respected journal, the Palestine Exploration Quarterly, and brings the latest archaeological results and research to the public in a series of regular lectures. The PEF promotes ongoing research through annual grants to scholars across the world.

Excavations at Temple Mount


The PEF archives hold over 40,000 photographs of Palestine, Jordan and Syria taken from 1850 onwards. The PEF collections also include archaeological artefacts, natural history specimens, maps, manuscripts, and paintings. Our unparalleled library attracts scholars from around the world. These facilities are available to our members for research, study, and publication purposes.

An earlier version of the PEF website can still be accessed at

Current office hours for visits and enquiries

(please note there may be some occassional changes to these times depending on circumstances)

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10.30am to 4.00pm
Tuesdays: 10.30am to 5.00pm
Fridays: 10.30am to 1.00pm

If you would like to visit the PEF, please make an appointment in advance by contacting Felicity Cobbing at



Disclaimer: The articles and illustrations appearing on the PEF’s website are sanctioned for use on this website only. Any use of such material by an outside party must receive permission from the PEF and the author in question.

The Palestine Exploration Fund, 2 Hinde Mews, Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2AA
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