Editor, journalist and history writer, Jonathan Downs is author of 'Life in the Industrial Revolution 1770-1809' (Shire 2010), 'Discovery at Rosetta' (Constable 2008) – the first full account of the British acquisition of the Rosetta Stone in 1801 – and co-author of 'Sea-Soldier: The Letters and Journals of Maj T. M. Wybourn, RM, 1797-1813' (Parapress, 2000). He edits 'Classic Arms', a specialist collectors’ and military history journal, and has written a number of articles in the press and periodicals including 'History Today'. He is actively trying to encourage diplomatic talks between Britain, France and Egypt concerning the repatriation of the Rosetta Stone to its native land. He will be addressing the Egyptian Society of South Africa on 22 June 2010, regarding the detailed history and current legal status of the Rosetta Stone, and discussing the chances of its return to Egypt.
For further information see www.jdownsrosetta.wordpress.com.