Thursday sees opening of long-awaited exhibition
IT'S BEEN a long old build up, but finally Tutankhamun's treasures go on view at the 02, starting tomorrow.
130 exhibits have been arranged over 11 galleries, each gallery featuring a different aspect of the boy king and the history surrounding his reign and death.
The last time a Tutankhamun event was in London, in 1972, nearly two million visitors queued, many of them for hours, to see the astonishing 2-3,000 year old artefacts. This time, new-fangled ticketing arrangements, including booking via this website, should take care of the worst of the queues, but similarly huge crowds are expected.
There are also many additions to the treasures on show 35 years ago, not least those associated with the immediate members of Tutankhamun's royal family.
"This time, when Tutankhamun returns to London, he also brings with him his family," said Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, one of the exhibitions organisers.
"Not only will people learn about the life and magic of the most famous boy king, but they will also have the opportunity to learn firsthand about this important period of time in ancient Egyptian history."