Public Lecture by Jeremy Wilson
Jeremy Wilson will be coming out to Canberra for the opening of our exhibition, with support from the British High Commission in Canberra. He will give a public talk in our Telstra Theatre on Sunday, 9 December 2007. Jeremy who wrote Lawrence of Arabia - the Authorised Biography (1989) is recognised as the world's leading scholar on Lawrence. He also wrote the catalogue for the 1988 National Portrait Gallery exhibition in London which marked the centenary of Lawrence's birth. The catalogue has proved extremely useful for our own research into Lawrence.
Jeremy's lecture will focus on Lawrence's role in the capture of Akaba on 6 July 1917. Akaba became an important Red Sea base from which Lawrence and the Arab Revolt were able to launch attacks against the northern sections of the Hejaz Railway. Jeremy believes that Lawrence had a hand in the use of aerial photography to produce this map of Akaba that he identified in the Memorial's collection. More details will follow closer to the event.