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EVENT: All change as castle updates Egyptian exhibition

Dignitary: a man of high social rank (Source: this is Kent).

Dignitary: a man of high social rank (Source: this is Kent).

“Chiddingstone Castle, Kent has a new display of its Egyptian artefacts after shipping its regular exhibition out to America.

It has formed part of the largest collection in the States and will be seen by more than two million visitors each year until 2018.

Objects, including a lotus amulet (a pottery charm), have been loaned to the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Texas. Maria Esain, the curator at the castle, shipped more than 340 objects to America.

The exhibition will explore the lives of those whose discoveries and collections introduced the world to the Egyptian civilisation and will include a collector’s cabinet telling the story of Denys Bower and his passion for collecting.

Maria Esain added: ‘The loan has also been a great opportunity to create a new display here at the castle and bring out items that were kept in storage. Visitors can see objects some of which had never been on display before such as glass vessels, used to contain oils and perfumes; beads necklaces, and even some forged objects’ ” – via this is Kent.

Read more here

You can find out about Chiddingstone Castle’s Egyptian collection here.

You can find out about the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences ‘Hall of Ancient Egypt’ (which is now open) here.

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