Swaffham link to Tutankhamun explored in centenary exhibition
Swaffham Heritage Centre has opened an exhibition exploring the artisan and archaeologist Howard Carter marking the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun.
The Carter family have links to Swaffham and the exhibition marks 100 years when in 1922 he first got a glimpse of the tomb of the Pharaoh King Tut and the associated items buried with him.
The exhibition has been put on with help by a number of volunteers.
Veronica Hutchby, trustee, said: "The work has been undertaken by our local Men's Shed and in house volunteers."
The curator of the exhibition Sue Gattuso, Swaffham Museum said: "We have had the Howard Carter gallery in place now for 15 years and it is very out of date and it didn't tell the story of Carter very well and it was more about Egyptology.
"The Carters are a Swaffham based family and we are well placed to tell that story about his family and work he did in Egypt for over 40 years as an archaeologist in Egypt."
"He came from an artisan background which is unusual but he was a working man involved with gentlemen of the time.
"Volunteers have helped the Swaffham Heritage Centre and professionals have helped with the lighting.
"We used local Men's Shed to make a glimpse wall to experience what Howard Carter saw in the tomb when he cut out a slit in the door and put a candle in to the chamber and could see wonderful things."
"Men's Shed also made puzzles of pyramids to make and a 14-year-old student from a local school made the River Nile so visitors can plot Carter's journey."
A grant from Historic England will allow us to celebrate Carter's discovery and put on future events such as creating a mosaic and an archaeological dig on local camping dig and various other activities."
The exhibition is currently open Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm and Saturday from 10am-1pm.
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