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The Bembridge scholars were leading academics at Bembridge School, an independent school located in the Isle of Wight in England. The school itself was disbanded in 1997 A.D.


The scholars at Bembridge had some influence in the study of Egyptology and had translated hieroglyphs and hieratic on various relics, deducing such ideas as the location of the fabled Book of Amun-Ra, their given location being proved incorrect, as the Book of Amun-Ra was located in a different area. While the scholars themselves did provide much information on Egypt and its artifacts, their knowledge was not without limits, as they were uninformed of the machinations behind mummified priests in Hamunaptra. The scholars had rejected an application from Evelyn Carnahan requesting employment on the grounds that Evelyn's experience in the field was insufficient.

After some years, Evelyn Carnahan married Rick O'Connell, moved to London, and began her career in Egyptology as a professor. At this time, the Bembridge scholars had repealed their previous decision in denying Evelyn's application, and had requested that she run the Egyptology wing of the British Museum, a position which Evelyn had considered taking.

Bembridge School, on the Isle of Wight, was also home to the historic John Ruskin Collection (formerly John Howard Whitehouse Collection) of art, poetry and literature, housed in the Ruskin Gallery and curated by Dr John Dearden. This included such curiosities as ancient tomes that had been sawn in half by Ruskin to make them fit his library shelves at Brantwood, in the Lake District, where he lived as a neighbour of the great lakeland poet Wordsworth.

When Bembridge School was disbanded, the era of public schools feeding young men into the Empire having arguably closed, these collections were transferred into the care of museums. The School grounds, including three cricket pitches, a golf course, tennis courts, squash court, rifle range, headland, beach and several rugby pitches, passed into the ownership of Ryde School. The School's founder, John Howard Whitehouse (a friend of John Masefield, Lord Baden Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, and many famous social reformers) allowed the grounds to be used by the British Army for tank training during the wars, an activity which compacted the clay soil in the central squares and made it especialy favourable to fast bowling. Whitehouse was killed after being struck by a cricket ball in a match on the School's main pitch on Foundation Day in 1955.

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