It has been announced that the California Science Centre in Los Angeles will host an exhibition “KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,” for ten months from March of next year. This will be ahead of a 10-city international tour in Europe from January 2019, ahead of the artefacts being permanently stored in a new museum at the Great Pyramids in Giza. The artefacts being released from Egypt for the tour represent only some 40% of the artefacts held by the museum in Cairo following the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 by an expedition led by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon.
I can remember going as a child with my parents to see the Tutankhamun exhibition which I think was at the British Museum. It was truly magnificent and awe-inspiring, but my father said then that he had been lucky enough to see the full exhibition in the museum in Cairo whilst on National Service. Royal Central will, of course, be reporting on the European tour in 2019, and the centenary of the discovery in 2022.
For those of you, who may want a sneak preview of the treasures, there is an exhibition including some copies of the treasures at the ancestral home of Lord Carnarvon, Highclere Castle just south of Newbury in Berkshire. Perhaps better known to some as Downton Abbey!
King Tutankhamun reigned between 1332 and 1323BC in what is now referred to as the New Kingdom. He was known as the “Boy King” as he came to the throne aged only 10 and died when he was only 19. Despite his young age, and with the help of strong advisers, he managed to restore the reputation of Egypt which had been lost under his father. The gifts given by other countries following his death and lodged in his tomb may even be part of the tour.