The moon landing, Mandela’s walk to freedom, the fall of the Berlin Wall… In an age of news saturation we’ve grown increasingly blasé about history being piped into our living rooms.
How different it was in 1922 when Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon’s discovery of the still-intact tomb of King Tutankhamun sent shock waves around the globe. The news - spread by new-fangled media such as newsreels, telephones and newspapers - of their momentous find gripped the public imagination like nothing before, and its cultural significance was unprecedented.
The discovery of Assyrian reliefs in northern Iraq during the 19th century may have produced a short-lived “Assyromania” in France and Britain, but nothing compared with the fascination for Egypt and Tutankhamun. Read more.