Monday 3 December 2007 by Mal Booth. No comments
Exhibitions, Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse, Loans, Our exhibition

We promise to clean this up before anyone steps in a can.

The quarantine inspection! The quarantine inspection!

The loans were unpacked last Friday under the supervision of Andy Holbrook, the loans shipment courier who is the Collections Care Manager at the IWM, and our Quarantine Inspector from AQIS.

Lawrence’s sketch map of the route to Akaba (from the RSAA) Lawrence’s sketch map of the route to Akaba (from the RSAA)
Chauvel & Lawrence by James McBey (IWM) Chauvel & Lawrence by James McBey (IWM)
Andy & Sarah with a Hejaz officer’s uniform (IWM) Andy & Sarah with a Hejaz officer’s uniform (IWM)
Lawrence’s robes (Fashion Museum, Bath) Lawrence’s robes (Fashion Museum, Bath)

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.

Some of the installation team at work Some of the installation team at work
Evidence of their work Evidence of their work
A preview of the text panels for you! A preview of the text panels for you!

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?