The 2018 CIPEG Annual Meeting was held on 4–7 September at The Egypt Centre/Y Ganolfan Eifftaidd, Swansea University, UK. Contributions published in CIPEG Journal no. 3 are papers presented either on the theme ‘Beating Barriers! Overcoming Obstacles to Achievement’ or related general museum work. Other articles related to ancient Egyptian and Sudanese collections and museums but not associated with the annual meeting are also featured in the volume.