The Griffith Institute - University of Oxford
We announce with great sadness the passing of Roger O. De Keersmaecker who died at midnight of the 15th/16th June 2020. He is renowned for his monumental work recording early travellers’ graffiti. Roger traversed the length and breadth of Egypt and the Sudan following, collecting and researching his passion, culminating in the 16 volumes ‘Travellers’ Graffiti from Egypt and the Sudan’.
As a result, he amassed a huge volume of material, all of which he formally donated to the Griffith Institute earlier this year. We are indebted to ASTENE who managed the negotiations between Roger De Keersmaecker and the Griffith Institute and arranged everything, including the transfer of the Graffiti Archive from Antwerp to Oxford. We take this opportunity to thank Roger O. De Keersmaecker for this generous donation, the ASTENE Committee and Neil Cooke, as well as a special, thank you to Paul and Janet Starkey for collecting and safely delivering the material.
“The Graffiti Archive Roger O. De Keersmaecker”, as it is to be formally known, is now housed in the Archive of the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford. This accession will stand as a fitting testament to Roger O. De Keersmaecker. The Graffiti Archive is currently being catalogued, organised and rehoused. We will make a further announcement when these tasks have been completed and the Graffiti Archive is available to researchers.