The Egyptian Exhibition

In  November 1922 the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and  Howard Carter stood outside a sealed door in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. Nervously, Carter made a small hole in the door, and reached up to hold a candle. The candle flickered as the air escaped..." The excavators widened the gaps in the plaster and Lady Evelyn, Lord Carnarvon’s daughter, Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter climbed in and everywhere "There was the glint of gold..."

The Discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun was the first global media event and has given a a legacy of understanding knowledge and insight into a remarkable civilisation.

The exhibition explores the path to the discovery of this most famous of tombs. The six rooms of the exhibition catalogues the Earl’s fascination with Egypt, his early excavations from 1906 onwards, his relationship with his friend Howard Carter and the discovery and contents of the tomb, including a magnificent reproduction of the sarcophagus. It  begins with part of the Earl’s own collection of antiquities.


Read more in Lady Carnarvon's book: Egypt at Highclere

Egypt at Highclere