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Howard Carter and Tutankhamun - A family story brought to life on the 7th March


Howard Carter and Tutankhamun - a family story passed down the generations brought to life

The legendary discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun will be the subject of a special event held by a descendant of famous archaeologist Howard Carter to raise funds for the Hospice.

‘Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive’ is being brought to The Oast Theatre in Tonbridge on Tuesday 7th March thanks to Howard Carter’s great, great nephew James and the Lovegrove family. They are holding the event, organised by Hildenborough Village Friends of Hospice in the Weald, to raise funds for the Hospice which cared for James’ late father Bruce (Carter’s great nephew) last year.

Guest speaker Dr Daniela Rosenow, Egyptologist at Oxford University’s The Griffith Institute, will be showcasing Howard Carter’s fascinating personal records of the discovery and will shed light on the supposed ‘curse’ of the tomb. Carter’s records, made at the time of the excavation, were presented to the University of Oxford for exhibition by Phyllis Walker, Howard Carter’s niece, in 1945.

Dr Rosenow, co-curator of Bodleian Libraries’ recent exhibition based on the excavation of the tomb, commented: “I’m excited to share this overview of the discovery, including Howard Carter’s maps, personal diaries, archaeological journals, conservation logbooks, personal letters, glass plate negatives and slides. They represent a truly astonishing corpus of archaeological records, allowing us a unique insight into the archaeological process and the work of the team, as it happened, on an almost day-by-day basis.”

James Lovegrove

James Lovegrove, who grew up in Hildenborough, and is speaking at the event, said: “Howard Carter and the story of Tutankhamun is a family story that has been passed down the generations. As children, stories of the excavation of the tomb were constantly told to us and we were surrounded by the history of Howard Carter’s discovery.”

Sharing why the family wanted to organise the evening, James explained: “The care that Hospice in the Weald provided during my father’s last days meant the world to us. They gave him dignity and enabled us to enjoy precious moments with him that we will always cherish.

“Howard Carter’s legacy was always so important to our father and, as a family, we felt it fitting to organise this on the centenary of the discovery, to thank the staff at the Hospice, and raise much-needed funds to enable others to experience the care that he did.”

Katie Greywood, the Hospice’s Income Generation Director, said: “We’d like to thank the Lovegrove family and Hildenborough Village Friends for organising this special event. What a wonderful opportunity to hear the thrilling insider knowledge of the Tutankhamun discovery and raise money for the Hospice’s vital work.”

The evening includes a Q&A session with Dr Rosenow and refreshments. Doors open at 6.30pm, the presentation is at 7pm. Tickets costs £25. To snap up your tickets visit the link below, or call 01892 820533.