UNEARTH CARTER’S DIGS IN THE CAPITAL
It is hard for people today to comprehend the mania in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s for all things Egyptian.
The craze, and the army of Egyptologists who feverishly hunted for tombs, mummies and golden treasure, kicked off in earnest when archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in 1922.
He uncovered the nearly intact tomb of the boy king, who had been laid to rest over three millennia before, including his extraordinary golden death mask, which is still on display at the Museum of Cairo.
The discovery made Carter an international celebrity and he carried on working at the Tutankhamun site before retiring from archaeology a few years later and working part time for museums in the US, where he also lectured. But he always kept a London base, an apartment at 19 Collingham Gardens in Kensington, central London. The onebedroom maisonette, which is near Earls Court, is now for sale. Its lounge features French doors plus there’s a kitchen, bedroom, study, utility room and an en- suite bathroom. The property, which has a blue plaque on its exterior commemorating Carter’s residence, is for sale with Foxtons ( 020 3728 2000) for £ 949,000.
The Collingham Gardens building in Kensington
Howard Carter ( right) and patron of his research Lord Carnarvon in 1922
The living area