Installation . . . at last!
We promise to clean this up before anyone steps in a can.
Above you can see some loan highlights from the UK. You'll have to come to the exhibition to see the Augustus John oil portrait of Lawrence (or buy a catalogue). To its right we have: the sketch map of the route Lawrence and the Arabs took before they attacked Akaba in 1917 (from the Royal Society for Asian Affairs); oil portraits of Chauvel and Lawrence by James McBey (IWM); Andy and Sarah Clayton unpacking an Hejaz officer's headdress (IWM); and one set of Lawrence's robes from the Fashion Museum in Bath.
In these four shots (left to right again) you see: one of the mannequins that our Sarah crated to match Lawrence's body (height, proportions, etc.); early installation work (featuring Bianca on the phone, designer Nicki and Jason from the installation team); one almost completed showcase with some of our own artworks leaning on a wall behind it (this area features the work of the Australian Flying Corps and Captain Ross Smith); and a special preview look at the exhibition design courtesy of a couple of text panels. Any guesses where we got the idea to use decorative initials on the text panels from? Neatest correct entry wins and you must supply a complete answer, not just half of it! (I'll send you a free catalogue as a prize. Staff and family members of staff don't count, sorry.)
I reckon we are on track. The general message I received from most of the team today was to "go away" or that my phone was ringing in my office, in another building. Maybe my presence didn't help much at all?