Celebrating 95 years since the Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun.
Ninety–five years ago, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter made their way down the stone cut steps and along a short dim passageway to stand in front of a bricked up doorway in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor Egypt. It was November 22nd.
Come and join us at Highclere Castle on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 or Saturday 25th November 2017. Tickets: £125.00 to include: Guided Tours of the Castle & Egyptian Exhibition, a short lecture, "Egypt at Highclere" 96pp guidebook, Q&A, and a light lunch.
Hardly daring to dream, Howard Carter carefully made a hole in the doorway and waited for the air to escape. He held a candle through the gap he had made. "What can you see asked Lord Carnarvon?" Howard Carter, hardly able to speak replied "Wonderful things". He passed the candle to Lord Carnarvon who silently moved the candle around to glimpse unfamiliar golden creatures, bejewelled eyes, and strange pale shapes piled against a wall, the outline of a huge statue… so much scattered across the flickering space, everywhere the glint of gold.
After a few minutes, he passed the candle silently to his daughter Evelyn and finally Arthur Callender, a chemist and part of their excavation team in Egypt also peered through the dusty stone gap. They remained together in deep wonder, speechless, a world away from the light filled bustle of the desert above the stone stairs.
The discovery of the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun became the first global world media event, covered by newspapers, magazines and Pathé cine (early news reels). It was a glint of gold, the tomb would give the world of 1922 a glimpse into an extraordinary civilization and culture which stretched back over 5,000 years.
Right: Lord Carnarvon, Lady Evelyn and Howard Carter.
Left: Lord Carnarvon (L) and Howard Carter (R) at the entrance to the Tomb.
Ninety-five years later, the current Lord and Lady Carnarvon are delighted to mark this special anniversary here at Highclere. On arrival, you will be welcomed into the Saloon, at the very heart of the Castle for a lecture and Q&A. Our guides will then take you through a tour of the Main State Rooms and Castle Bedrooms which were also of course the set for famous TV series "Downton Abbey". Enjoy hearing our guides’ exceptional knowledge of the building, artwork and furniture with plenty of anecdotes.
Guides are then on hand to help you explore the Egyptian Exhibition in the atmospheric Cellars of the Castle. Wind your way through the cellars from the real antiquities in the first room, then onto the next room which is Life at Highclere in Edwardian times before stepping on and back in time into a recreation of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
The day includes a lecture on the discovery of Tutankhamun, Q&A, the illustrated 96pp guidebook to "Egypt at Highclere", guided tours of the Castle, tours of the Egyptian Exhibition as well as a light lunch from the Coach House.
A selection of tea and coffee, soup, traditional sandwiches and cakes are included within your ticket. The Gift Shop and Gardens will also be open.
It is a day to enjoy, so we would ask you to arrive on time for the beginning of the programme.
Gates to Castle and Grounds open from 10.30am
Lecture in the Castle 11.00am
This will be followed by Guided Tours of the Castle, the Egyptian Exhibition and a light lunch.
Suggested departure from 3.00pm, whilst the Grounds close promptly at 4pm (it becomes dark at this time of year!).
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