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See this exhibition in the Outdoor Gallery

9 December 2022 - 17 July 2023

12:00PM - 12:00PM

Outdoor Art Gallery, Bill Bryson Library Square, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE

  • This is a FREE exhibtion

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This exhibition explores how photography turned Tutankhamun into a global sensation. It shows the most famous photographic images in archaeology, from the most famous of archaeological finds: the tomb of Tutankhamun. Marking the 100th anniversary of the tomb’s discovery in November 1922, this exhibition created by Durham University academic, Prof Christina Riggs, examines the striking images created by photographer Harry Burton during the decade-long excavation.

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Photograph by Harry Burton, late December 1925 © University of Oxford

Photography was essential to archaeology, but Burton’s photography did much more than simply record information about the tomb and its treasures. By looking at the different kinds of photographs Burton made, and how they were used, this exhibition places the Tutankhamun discovery in its historical context and asks whether photographs influence the way we think about both ancient and modern Egypt.

The Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, created more than two dozen new digital scans especially for the exhibition, from Harry Burton’s original glass-plate negatives.

The exhibition was made possible through funding from The British Academy and in partnership with the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.


This is a FREE exhibtion