HAHG Talk: The Earl and the Pharaoh – Lady Carnarvon

The Countess of Carnarvon, an award-winning author, is visiting the Chantry House, Henley-on-Thames on Friday 16 September 2022 to give a talk about how the real Downton Abbey relates to the discovery of Tutankhamun for the Henley Archaeological & Historical Group.

Lady Carnarvon will describe the way the discovery of the tomb of the boy-pharaoh in November 1922 transformed our understanding of Ancient Egypt, and was the sensation of the day. Howard Carter was the lead archaeologist, but the years of excavation were funded and engineered by George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Her investigations into the family’s archives have thrown new light on the lustrous settings and striking characters in this fascinating story, as well as the ‘twists’ of luck and tragedy that shaped Herbert’s life. There is currently an exhibition at the Bodleian’s Weston Library in Oxford called: ‘Tutankhamun: excavating the archive‘, which provides more on the achievements of Carnarvon and Carter.

This is a special meeting of the Henley Archaeological and Historical Group. Places are now available to non-members.

Tickets cost £15.00.

To apply for tickets email your request to Alexis at: a.rendelldunn@gmail.com

Lady Carnarvon is an award-winning author, having written New York Times Bestsellers including Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, Christmas at Highclere, and Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey. She is the wife of the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, with whom she lives at the family home of Highclere Castle, otherwise known as the real Downton Abbey.