A century of Tutankhamun

A golden death of an Egyptian pharoah wearing a headress

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A century of Tutankhamun: The modern history of an ancient king

A gold horizontal flourish

 Wednesday 30 November 2022


  Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

  Free, booking required

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About the event

His name is famous around the world thanks to the discovery of his intact burial in November 1922. But why did Tutankhamun’s tomb inspire such fervour in the 1920s, and how did his treasures later become a staple of museum tours, pop culture, and politics? Offered in conjunction with the Weston Library exhibition Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive, this lecture will give a glimpse behind the gold, to see what Tutankhamun’s legacy has to offer us today.

This is a rescheduling of the talk due to take place on 13 October. 


Christina Riggs, writer and historian, is Professor of the History of Visual Culture at Durham University. Her book Treasured: How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century was published in paperback in October 2022. It offers a bold new history of the young pharaoh whose tomb, and its treasures, have as much to tell us about our world as his own.

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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


The Bodleian Libraries Learning Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust:

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