SECRETARY’S REPORT

In the absence of Richard Wright, Peter Wilson continued in the chair for a second week and started the meeting at 1030 a.m. advising of three apologies.

Under “Initial Notices” Secretary Neil Ramshaw advised of the sad death of Bill McNicol, a long time and popular member of the Forum who had been in ill health for some time but died peacefully at the Nursing Home he was in with family members in attendance.

Mention was made of the Harlow Methodist Church Christmas Fayre on Saturday November 30th between 2 and 430 p.m. Donations from Forum Members (Bric a Brac etc) can be brought to the Church Hall prior to the event and attendance (and spending!!) on the day would be welcomed.

The previous week’s Speaker Andy Dennis had sent an appreciative note to Forum Members thanking them for their welcome/hospitality and advising of his collection for M.S.F. of £169–71.

Mr Eric Jackson, today’s Speaker, was returning for a second time with this talk entitled “Wonderful Things”. His subject proved to be a fascinating and detailed discourse concerning the discovery in Egypt in 1922 of the tomb of Tutankhamun by British Archaeologist Howard Carter funded by his patron Lord Carnarvon. The nearly intact tomb (unlike others that were desecrated in the Valley of the Kings) received worldwide coverage in November 1922 and by February 1923, with the antechamber having been cleared, on the 17th of said month with witnesses, including Carnarvon, Egyptian Officials, Government Press Staff and Museum Representatives, the tomb was unsealed.

Eric advised us about the concession rights for excavation in the Valley of the Kings held by Theodore Davis who passed them to Carter in 1914 when he felt the area was exhausted of finds. World War 1 delayed progress until later in the decade when Carter resumed his work.

Over 5,000 items were found in the tomb including a solid gold coffin, face mask, throne etc all exquisitly decorated with gilt and precious stones and it took ten years to catalogue all the find.

Eric explained how the “Curse of the Pharoahs” had no real credence but told us that Tutankhamun, one of the least known and esteemed Pharoahs in life had become, in death, the most remembered.

“Wonderful Things” is the phrase uttered by Carter to Carnarvon when asked what he could initially see in the tomb for the first time.

The talk was reinforced by excellent and detailed slides and a highly interested audience asked a number of questions at its conclusion touching on the tour of Tutankhamun’s artifacts currently in this country.

The Vote of Thanks on behalf of forty one attendees was given by Vincent Naylor.

NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY.

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