Chiddington Castle Celebrates Egyptian Collection
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.