Warwick District


Tutankhamun and The Roaring Twenties
Friday, 15th November 2019
Pickup time: 9.00 am
For more details and to register interest, contact:
Maggie Watts

The discovery of the boy king’s tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter in an expedition financed by Lord Carnarvon of Highclere Castle stirred up 'Egyptomania' in England. The 3,300-year-old Egyptian designs influenced the art and architecture of the Roaring Twenties.

"Can you see anything?” asked Lord Carnarvon as Carter opened the tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

"Yes," replied Carter. "Wonderful things."

In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the tomb's discovery, the boy king's priceless tomb artefacts will visit London one final time while a new permanent resting place for the treasures is constructed at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo. TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh will transport you to Ancient Egypt where you will accompany Tutankhamun on his journey to the afterlife and his quest for immortality. Over 150 stunning authentic tomb objects, 60 on display outside Egypt for the first time, showcase the spectacular artistry of the boy king's 3,300-year-old treasure and will dazzle audiences of all ages. This will be a final opportunity to experience the magic and mystery of Tutankhamun before his treasures return to Egypt forever.

It's a great story but before visiting the exhibition, our day will begin at The National Army Museum in Chelsea with the amazing story of adventurers and chancers scrabbling for treasure in the desert against the backdrop of Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign. Thus began the story of archaeology which would lead to the discovery of the world of a young boy king who lived more than 3,000 years ago.

We leave the Museum to drive through Kensington & Chelsea and turn the clocks back to the Roaring Twenties. We see where Howard Carter was born and where he died. Discover how the fashion for Tutankhamun and Ancient Egypt influenced everything from art and architecture to shopping. From the first Thomas Cook package tours to the Middle East to the novels of Agatha Christie - it’s an irresistible combination of high adventure, romance, and history.

Timetable for the day is:

9.00 - Leave Warwick, allowing us time to arrive at the National Army Museum at midday.

12.00 - Blue badge guide will meet us at the National Army Museum.

12.00 - 13.30 - lunch

13.30 - rejoin coach for drive through Kensington and Chelsea discovering places of importance during the Roaring Twenties and some history of that time.

16.00 - Saatchi Museum for the Tutankhamun Exhibition.

18.30 - Back to coach for return to Warwick.

The guide will be with us for the entire tour, including the Tutankhamun Exhibition.