• The Shellal Mosaic

    Wednesday 9 January 2008 by Mal Booth. 4 comments

    This blog post was written by Emily Robertson, a post-graduate student from the Australian National University who briefly worked at the Memorial as an intern in our Art section. During the second battle of Gaza, on 17 April 1917, a group of Australian signallers led by Corporal (later Sergeant) Ernest Lovell-Shore discovered a mosaic that had been partially uncovered by Turkish troops, who had built a trench on a mound in the Wadi …

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  • Exhibition images (part two)

    Tuesday 25 December 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Australian Flying Corps feature (1)   AFC feature (2)   Stuart Reid’s “Handley Page reaches rendezvous with Lawrence of Arabia” Lawrence’s black robes In terms of the links between Lawrence and Australians, this is one of the most fascinating parts of the exhibition. The Australian Flying Corps (AFC) had many pilots who had begun their service as members of the …

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  • Exhibition images (part one)

    Monday 24 December 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Here are some images of the exhibition. We haven't got the professional photos yet, so these are just my snaps. They'll be good enough to give you a look at most of the features we have on display. (I still need to add a couple that I seem to have missed when I took these, so check back sometime in January 2008.) Main entrance showcase The two films - “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Forty Thousand …

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  • James Barr's talk (27 November 2007)

    Monday 17 December 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    At last we have James Barr's talk available as an audio file that you can listen to here, while browsing some of his 28 photos or after downloading it using the link below. Thanks again to James for his time and his generosity with these photos. Now go out and buy his book Setting the desert on fire!  [MEDIA=1] Download the MP3 audio file (13.9MB) Map   Damascus   Azrak tower  …

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  • Jeremy Wilson on Late Night Live

    Thursday 13 December 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Well, the exhibition is now open and my feet have barely hit the ground since. When things slow down I'll post some images and information about the opening, but currently I am still spending about 3-4 hours a day running tours as the exhibition seems pretty popular so far. Don't panic! It is open until 25 May 2008. As many of you will have read, Jeremy Wilson came out to the opening of the exhibition and presented a public talk on the …

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  • Lowell Thomas footage and press report

    Thursday 6 December 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Our installation is almost complete now and we will open tonight. This week a few of us have done a lot of media interviews, so it looks to be attracting a good deal of attention already. We released some edited film footage taken by Harry Chase for Lowell Thomas during his short stay with Lawrence and the Arabs in 1918. It was provided by the Imperial War Museum as it comes from their collection. You can view this footage and read a …

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  • Installation . . . at last!

    Monday 3 December 2007 by Mal Booth.

    The painters have been here We promise to clean this up before anyone steps in a can. Andy Paul unpacking IWM loans. 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. The reverse of the famous Augustus John…

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  • "Seven pillars of wisdom" - various editions

    Friday 30 November 2007 by Mal Booth.

    The many different versions of Seven pillars of wisdom are sometime difficult to understand, but since I put a small box of text about our 1926 subscribers' edition into an article I wrote for Wartime, I have had to field a few questions about them. When we've solved our image attachment problem in WordPress, I'll attach what images we have of each of them for further identification. I'll now attempt to summarise the differences for you…

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  • A progress report

    Thursday 29 November 2007 by Mal Booth. 3 comments

    Steve Burton checking a catalogue image closely at the printer’s With only a week to go before we open, much progress is being made. Recently a number of us have been heavily engaged in the following list (not exhaustive) of activities: The final stages of the design process to do with balancing and sequencing objects, art works and images as we finalise the plans for the exhibition space. Re-drafting, proofing and …

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  • The Great Arab Revolt Project

    Friday 16 November 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Today I was informed of another related blog, being maintained by an archaeology project team in Jordan: The Great Arab Revolt Project. I've also provided a link to the project's home page on our links page. The blog contains some great images of the areas covered by the Arab Revolt in Jordan and also some interesting insights that the team has gained from their digs such as this one from a post on 6 November: . . . Ottoman defensive …

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