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Celebrations for Swaffham Howard Carter centenary outlined




The manager of Swaffham’s Museum has outlined exciting new plans to celebrate the centenary of Howard Carter discovering Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Dr Sue Gattuso told Wednesday’s town council meeting the town was “in the best position” to tell Carter’s story where he was brought up by his family.

She will apply for Heritage Lottery Funding to commemorate Carter’s discovery through a series of celebratory events in the town in 2022.

Swaffham Heritage Museum Manager Sue Gattuso who will apply for funding for Howard Carter centenary celebrations
Swaffham Heritage Museum Manager Sue Gattuso who will apply for funding for Howard Carter centenary celebrations

Plans for the town include holograms being displayed on the Buttercross in the Market Place, a series of events such as lectures on Egyptology, guided tours, archaeological digs, sand dance lessons and life size cut-outs for photographs.

“It needs to be fun as well as educational,” Dr Gattuso said.

“Some part of the presented recognition may be a plaque or sculpture of some kind.”

Town pub landlord Robert Bartram earlier told the town council his petition for a Carter statue had already received 300 signatures from people visiting shops within the town alone.

Dr Gattuso also told the meeting she will be requesting funds for the refurbishment of the Carter gallery in the museum, which she said is “by far the most popular” room for visitors.

The overall centenary project has been preliminary named ‘Carter 22’.

Councillor Paul Darby said: “I think this could be a really big thing for the town so we should support it 100 per cent.”

He later proposed putting any council decision on hold until Dr Gattuso receives a response for funding.

Councillors agreed to defer until the museum manager receives a response.

Dr Gattuso had earlier told the meeting Carter had been an apprentice at Didlington Hall, which was less than 10 miles from Swaffham. She said this had helped to drive forward his career.


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