‘At last have made wonderful discovery in Valley a magnificent tomb with seals intact…’
Howard Carter’s telegram to Lord Carnarvon on 5 November 1922

Our 2014 summer exhibition Discovering Tutankhamun told the story of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. We explored the hunt for the tomb and the thrill of its discovery, and showed Howard Carter’s original records, drawings and photographs.

The exhibition was open at the Ashmolean Museum 24 July – 2 November 2014.


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The Ashmolean is delighted to acknowledge the generous lead support for this exhibition from The Selz Foundation, and additional support from Savills.

The Museum is also enormously grateful to The Griffith Institute.

This exhibition was made possible by the provision of insurance through the Government Indemnity Scheme. The Ashmolean Museum would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.