Sunday, September 26, 1999 Published at 18:36 GMT 19:36 UK
Eton displays Egytian treasures
Curators say the ancient artefacts are priceless
One of the world's most valuable collections of Egyptian artefacts has gone on display for the first time at Eton College in Buckinghamshire.
Curators of the exhibition say they are unable to place a value on the exhibits, as they are so rare.
But it has taken the dedication of one of the teachers, Dr Stephen Spurr, to recognise the value of the objects.
Old Etonian Major William Meyers bequeathed the collection to the school 100 years ago.
The major was not a great scholar but he loved Egypt and bought the objects while he was travelling there.
"The morning was delicious. I never remember a more beautiful morning in Egypt, more fresh and bright. And to think what one is going back to at home," he wrote.
Next year the exhibition transfers to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
In a letter opened after his death, Major Meyers wrote that his time at Eton was the happiest of his life and he owed the school a debt.
He paid his dues with the priceless Egyptian collection.