Chiddington Castle Celebrates Egyptian Collection


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Chiddingstone Castle is hosting a weekend of activities tomorrow in order to celebrate the Castle's Egyptian collection.  Egyptian antiquities held at the castle brings to life many aspects of ancient Egyptian culture and include shabti figures like the one above, a 5000 year old funerary boat and a mummified cat.

The exhibition also focuses on the collector of the objects, who excited by the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, was inspired to collect Egyptian objects.  Denys Bower (1905-1977), was a passionate collector who lived an extraordinary life.  Born in Derbyshire, Bower worked for 34 years within the banking industry.  He bought Chiddingstone Castle in 1955, paying £6000 with a loan obtained from the Bank he worked at.  He opened the castle to the public so they too could derive pleasure from his collections.  In the late 1950s scandal surrounded Bower when his girlfriend, who had refused to marry him, was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds.  He was sent to prison for attempted murder and attempted suicide and was released after 4 years following a decision that there had been a miscarriage of justice.

Interestingly, the castle's archive contains correspondence with the Egyptologist Sir William Flinders Petrie.

The collection will be open between 11am and 5pm and visitors will be able to also enjoy interactive story-telling, belly dancing and talks from the Sussex Egyptology Society.

For more information about this event or the collection, visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or call 01892 870347.
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