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Swaffham art project launches Howard Carter centenary celebration



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Work has begun on a community art project intended to celebrate one of Swaffham's most famous sons.

The initiative is part of the Carter 22 programme which was launched by community and heritage leaders in the town in January.

The scheme is intended to mark the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter, whose family links to Swaffham date back to the 18th century.

Silent concentration as participants work on their mock mosaics at Saturday’s Mosaic taster Day (55458951)
Silent concentration as participants work on their mock mosaics at Saturday’s Mosaic taster Day (55458951)

Campaign leaders staged the first of 20 community workshops, which will form part of the celebrations, at the town's Methodist church on Saturday.

The aim of the sessions is to create a pyramid mosaic installation which officials hope will act as a permanent reminder of Carter's life and career.

Other events planned as part of the celebrations include an archaeological excavation on Campingland, and a family fun day scheduled for September.

Mosaic artist Carolyn Ash from Westacre advises a participant at Saturday’s Mosaic Taster Day (55458954)
Mosaic artist Carolyn Ash from Westacre advises a participant at Saturday’s Mosaic Taster Day (55458954)

Officials also to create a Carter trail plus a “Coffee and Tut” event.

The next mosaic session will take place at the Green Parrot in the Market Place next Saturday, March 26, between 2 and 4pm.

Places can be booked in advance via carter22.co.uk/events.



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