Public Lecture: Carter House 1910-2022
Registration is required
Presented by: Nicholas Warner and Tom Hardwick
- 2:00 PM ET
This lecture falls on the Eid al Adha holiday. Note that the lecture will be recorded for those who are unable to join live.
This webinar is in two parts, delivered by two members of the project team. Tom Hardwick, Egyptologist, will present the background of Carter and his house using historical images, texts, and objects to enliven the past. Nicholas Warner, architect, will describe the physical works already undertaken at the site and future plans for its sustainable development.
Howard Carter built his house in 1910 at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings in glorious isolation. It served as his base of operations in Luxor until his death in 1939. Constructed of mudbricks in a combination of English “Arts and Crafts” and Egyptian vernacular styles, and including a photographic darkroom, the house was later converted to serve as a rest house for Antiquities Inspectors and subsequently as a “house-museum”. In 2022, to coincide with the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, ARCE is conserving the building and introducing new displays that capitalize on archival data to enrich our understanding of Carter’s living and working environment.
Dr. Nicholas Warner
Director for Cultural Heritage Projects, ARCE
Dr. Warner is an architect and architectural historian trained at Cambridge University, UK, and the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He has lived in Egypt since 1993, where he has participated in and directed numerous projects related to the documentation, preservation, and presentation of heritage sites from all periods. Amongst these are: the Quseir Fort Visitors’ Center; the Saqqara New Kingdom Necropolis Project; the tombs of Anen (TT120) and Menna (TT69) in Luxor; the North Kharga Oasis Survey; New York University’s excavations at Amheida, Dakhla Oasis; the Red and White Monasteries in Sohag. His work in Cairo includes the Cairo Mapping Project (a new map of Historic Cairo showing the plans of approximately 550 buildings in the mediaeval city); open air museums in the South Roman Tower of the fortress of Babylon and Matariyya; and the restoration of the Gayer-Anderson Museum. Outside Egypt, Nicholas has also worked as a consultant on heritage projects in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia. He joined ARCE as its Cultural Heritage Projects Director in 2020 and is currently responsible for conservation work at the temple of Khonsu in Karnak, the Red Monastery in Sohag, the shrine of Ikhwat Yusuf in Cairo, and the house of Howard Carter on the West Bank at Luxor.
Hardwick is the Egyptological consultant on the renovation of Carter House. He studied Egyptology as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Oxford. He is a specialist in Egyptian art, and the history of collecting Egyptian objects.