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24 July 2014 – 2 November 2014
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Exhibitions: Discovering Tutankhamun: Events

Introductory Tours

Introductory Exhibition talks: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.30–4.15pm

Tours are free with price of admission and no booking is necessary.

Please meet in the Exhibition Shop on the Third Floor.

Family Fun

All family events are free, with a suggested donation of £1 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult to all events

Super Scarabs
Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 August, 1–4pm, Education Centre

Get messy with plaster to make your own brightly coloured scarab beetle.

Curious Cartouches
Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 August, 1–4pm, Education Centre

Become a Pharoah and make your own Egyptian headdress and clay cartouche and decorate it with hieroglyphs.

Follow this link to find out more about a family visit to the museum, and see all of our family events.

Special Events

Tutankhamun and Revolution
With Dr Paul Collins, Assistant Keeper of Ancient Near Eastern Collections, Ashmolean Museum
Thursday 31 July, 7–8pm, Blackwell's, Broad Street

Join Paul Collins, co-curator of 'Discovering Tutankhamun’, to uncover the fascinating stories that lie behind the objects on display and learn how Tutankhamun continues to be a revolutionary figure three thousand years after he was born. Tickets cost £3 and can be booked through the Customer Services Department at Blackwell's. Please call 01865 333 623.

Crazy for Egypt: In Conversation
With Alastair Sooke, journalist and broadcaster; Ghislaine Wood, Senior Curator, V&A; and Prof Stephanie Moser, Associate staff of the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins, Southampton University
Friday 26 September, 5–6pm, Oxford Playhouse

The land of the Pharaohs has been a source of inspiration for western artists since the 18th century, but the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 unleashed an unprecedented craze for all things Egyptian, influencing everything from the visual arts to music and literature. This discussion will explore the meaning behind the popular fascination with ancient Egypt and how it shaped our world of celebrity, mass communication and fashion. Tickets £9/£7 concessions. Booking is essential.
To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.

Special Evening Lectures

Booking is recommended for all lectures as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.

From Highclere Castle to the Tomb of Tutankhamun
With the Countess of Carnarvon
Tuesday 12 August

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. All purchased tickets will be refunded - please telephone Tickets Oxford on 01865 305 305.

Tut-mania
With Sir Christopher Frayling, historian and award-winning radio and television broadcaster
Tuesday 9 September, 6.30–7.30pm, Gallery 21

When the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun became public knowledge, in late November 1922, it had an immediate impact on the worlds of art, design and popular culture. There had been outbreaks of 'Egyptomania' in the west before – notably during Napoleon's invasion, and at the opening of the Suez canal – but never before on this scale. This lecture explores the background to 'Tut-mania' and examines its influence on everything from the Chrysler Building, fashion design, to Hollywood epics and the music-hall. Tickets are £20/£15 concessions and booking is essential. Ticket price includes a tour of the exhibition and a wine reception afterwards.

Fit for a Pharaoh: the Authorised Facsimile of Tutankhamun's tomb
With Adam Lowe, Director and Founder of Factum Arte
Wednesday 29 October, 6.30?7.30pm

Before Egypt’s recent political revolution, the tomb of Tutankhamun was viewed by about 1,000 visitors per day. This had a dramatic effect on the temperature, humidity and dust levels in the small space, which resulted in a deterioration of the structure of the walls. Using the latest digital technology to record the tomb’s interior in unparalleled detail, Factum Arte have produced a full-scale facsimile that can be visited at Luxor, thus relieving pressure on the actual tomb. Adam Lowe explains the process behind the production of the facsimile and explores current debates about the creation of replicas to preserve the world’s cultural heritage for future generations. Booking for this event will open soon.

Daytime Lectures

Booking is recommended for all lectures as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.

The Tomb of Tutankhamun: Some Unresolved Problems
With Dr Jaromir Malek, President of the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East
Saturday 2 August, 2–3pm, Headley Lecture Theatre

To date, only about 30% of the content's of Tutankhamun's tomb have been properly studied and published. Dr Jaromir Malek discusses the reasons for this state of affairs, before presenting ongoing research about the tomb's location and original owner. He also addresses the evidence for robberies in the tomb. Tickets £4/£3 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited.

Furnishing the King’s House: Items from the Palace of Tutankhamun
With Prof Gay Robins, Professor of Art History, Emory University, USA
Saturday 9 August, 2–3pm, Headley Lecture Theatre

Little is known about the palaces of ancient Egypt, because few traces of these buildings survive and most of their contents have long since been lost. An exception occurs among the items buried in the tomb of Tutankhamun, many of which were made to be used in the palace before being interred with the king. This talk takes a close look at some of these objects and the significance of their decoration, and explores what they can tell us about the life of Tutankhamun. Tickets £4/£3 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited.

Tutankhamun’s Curse?
With Dr Joyce Tyldesley, Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Manchester
Saturday 30 August, 2–3pm, Headley Lecture Theatre

The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb provoked unprecedented media interest. Denied access to the tomb, reporters published an entertaining mix of fact and fiction, and the sudden death of Lord Carnarvon gave them plenty to write about. Soon many people believed that Tutankhamun's tomb contained a terrible curse capable of killing across the centuries. This lecture considers ancient Egyptian curses in general and explores how the legend of 'Tutankhamun's curse' developed. Tickets £4/£3 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited.

Sheltered for Eternity: the Sarcophagus, Coffins and Canopic Equipment of Tutankhamun
With Dr Aidan Dodson, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol
Saturday 6 September, 2–3pm, Headley Lecture Theatre

The tomb of Tutankhamun provides a rare glimpse of a New Kingdom royal mummy housed in all its splendour. Dr Aidan Dodson examines the tomb of Tutankhamun in a wider context by looking at the fragments of objects found in the tombs of other New Kingdom rulers, as well as other lesser-known intact royal burials of a later date. Tickets £4/£3 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited.

Dinosaurs, Deserts and DNA: the Strange Science of Tutankhamun's Mummy
With Dr Jo Marchant, Science journalist and author of The Shadow King: the bizarre afterlife of King Tut's mummy
Saturday 27 September, 2–3pm, Headley Lecture Theatre

Join Jo Marchant as she tells the story of scientists’ attempts to study Tutankhamun’s mummy, from the first dramatic autopsy in 1925 to high-tech scans and DNA tests carried out in modern Egypt. We’ll discover a piece of Tutankhamun kept in a drawer in Liverpool; find out why the Mormons are desperate to get their hands on the pharaoh’s DNA; and hear the real story of what happened to the poor king’s penis, all while grappling with perils from deadly fungi and radioactive tombs to dinosaur DNA. Tickets £4/£3 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited.

Griffith Institute Lecture Series 2014

A series of special lectures to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Griffith Institute. Booking is recommended as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.

'The Scotland Yard of Egyptology': 75 Years of the Griffith Institute
With Prof Richard Parkinson, Professor of Egyptology, University of Oxford
Thursday 14 August, 2–3pm, Headley Lecture Theatre

Prof Richard Parkinson discusses the history of the Griffith Institute, the home of Egyptology at the University of Oxford and an international centre of Egyptological research and teaching. He describes its current projects and the continuing relevance of the remarkable vision of its founder, Professor Francis Llewellyn Griffith. Tickets £4/£3 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited.

Reflections of Wonderful Things: Howard Carter's Records of the Tomb of Tutankhamun
With Dr Jaromir Malek, President of the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East
Thursday 18 September, 2–3pm, Headley Lecture Theatre

Dr Jaromir Malek, former Keeper of the Archive in the Griffith Institute, will talk about its most spectacular treasure, the excavation records for the tomb of Tutankhamun. These are now fully accessible online thanks to Dr Malek’s work and provide a unique insight into the famous discovery. Tickets £4/£3 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited.

Film Season

To coincide with the opening of 'Discovering Tutankhamun', the Phoenix Picturehouse is screening a special programme of films that celebrate the world of archaeology and ancient history.

Phoenix members: £7.50 adults; £6.50 concessions.
Non-members: £9.50 adults; £8.50 concessions
Children: £6.50

Receive 2-for-1 entry to these special screenings when you present your exhibition ticket. You can also claim 2-for-1 entry to the exhibition by showing your Phoenix Picturehouse ticket for any of these three films. This offer can only be claimed in person and is subject to ticket availability.

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (PG)
Sunday 17 August, 11am, Phoenix Picturehouse

Action adventure featuring Harrison Ford as the heroic archaeologist Indiana Jones. Deadly tombs, lethal snakes and the Nazis stand between Dr Jones and the fabled lost 'Ark of the Covenant'.

'Night at the Museum' (PG)
Sunday 24 August, 11am, Phoenix Picturehouse

Comedian Ben Stiller plays museum guard Larry Daley in this family film which sees objects in the American Museum of Natural History come to life!

'The Mummy' (PG)
Sunday 31 August, 11am, Phoenix Picturehouse

A rag-tag bunch of 1920s archaeologists and adventurers accidentally unleash a 3000 year old curse that brings a malevolent mummy back from the dead.

Workshops

Booking is essential for all workshops as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.

To Live Forever: Poetry Workshop
With Nick Owen, poet
Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 August, 10.30am–3.30pm, Headley Lecture Theatre

Join poet Nick Owen for this two-day poetry workshop and write a poem inspired by ancient Egypt and the thrilling discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. You will have the opportunity to read your poem, or have it read for you, to an audience in the exhibition. Tickets £55/£50 concessions. Booking is essential.

Vibrant Watercolours Workshop
With Amanda Beck, artist
Saturday 27 September 10.15am–4pm, Education Centre

Following a guided tour of the exhibition, and using the Ashmolean’s remarkable Egyptian collections, Amanda Beck will show you how to create vibrant watercolour paintings made in response to the discovery of Tutankhamun. Tickets £75/£70 concessions (includes materials, tea and coffee). Booking is essential.