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Swaffham launches Carter 22 celebration project

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A new project marking the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by one of Swaffham’s most famous sons, Howard Carter, is being launched today.

The town has been awarded a £36,000 grant from Historic England for the Carter 22 programme, which is being led by a new cultural consortium of organisations, councillors and residents.

The Carter family has strong links with the Swaffham area and it was in Didlington, near Northwold, where Howard first became interested in ancient Egypt.

Howard Carter as a young boy (54430504)
Howard Carter as a young boy (54430504)

The project will be unveiled during a pop-in launch event at the town’s St Peter and St Paul Church on Saturday, between 10am and 1pm.

And project lead Dr Sue Gattuso is hopeful that it will bring the whole town together throughout 2022.

She said: “The whole year is a real community event.

Swaffham Museum manager Sue Gattuso is leading the project.
Swaffham Museum manager Sue Gattuso is leading the project.

“We would like to see as many people as possible join in the planning; bring their ideas; learn new skills; show off their talents. There will be something for everyone.”

Events which are already planned include a community mosaic in the shape of a pyramid which will be created in workshops throughout the year, an archaeological excavation on Campingland and a Festival Sunday in September.

There will be drama and crafts in schools and a Carter houses trail of the town.

But Dr Gattuso, who is also manager of the Swaffham Museum, added: “We have other ideas which need a little polish.

“Like throwing pharaohs from the church tower, sand dancing, the discovery from Howard’s donkey’s perspective.”

And she says the launch is an important part of the preparation for events to come in the months ahead.

“That’s why it’s a pop-in. No stress. No speeches. Just come along, look at the displays, ask questions and find out how you can join in.”

For more information about the programme, email swaffhamheritage@outlook.com

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