A Century of Tutankhamun: The modern history of an ancient king (Online)


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? 

This lecture will give a glimpse behind the gold, to challenge some of the myths and assumptions about the excavation of the tomb - and to ask what Tutankhamun's legacy has to offer us today.

Date: 1 November 2022, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm AEDT

Christina Riggs, writer and historian, is Professor of the History of Visual Culture at Durham University in England. Her books include Treasured: How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century (2021), Ancient Egyptian Magic: A Hands-On Guide (2020), and Photographing Tutankhamun (2019), the first study ever undertaken of the photographic archive from the 1920s excavation.