• 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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  • Loans from All Souls College, Oxford

    Thursday 15 November 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Hittite horse rider We are just now finalising the exhibition catalogue for printing and I have some time to do more posts about the exhibition. So, Hittite horse rider here is a brief post to let you know a little more about some of the items we are bring out from the collection of the Warden and Fellows of All Souls College in Oxford. T.E. Lawrence was a Research Fellow of the College from 1919 to …

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  • New look for the blog!

    Wednesday 14 November 2007 by Mal Booth. 3 comments

    By now you'll probably have noticed that the blog has a new look. Adam Bell is responsible for that. He is our web developer. The design features elements of the exhibition design that have been developed by our designers, Jesse and Nicki, from Arketype in Adelaide. I'm a tad biased but I think they've picked up some of my odd ideas really well and there are some really wonderful design elements that reflect and highlight some of the key…

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  • More on Beersheba - film clip

    Wednesday 14 November 2007 by Mal Booth.

    A colleague here has recently alerted me to this online clip of the charge at Beersheba as recreated for the film Forty Thousand Horsemen. You can view a three minute clip here courtesy of the new site australianscreen. We will be screening the whole film at 2 pm on 8 December 2007 in our Telstra Theatre, introduced by Susanne Chauvel Carlsson, Toowoomba author and daughter of Australian pioneer film maker, Charles Chauvel. Read …

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  • Talks and film screening

    Thursday 8 November 2007 by Mal Booth.

    We have a few interesting public talks and a film screening before the end of the year. Here is all the information you'll need. The Telstra Theatre is inside the Memorial, on the lower ground floor. 27 November 2007, 10.30-11.30 am, Telstra Theatre Author Talk: James Barr James Barr's book about Lawrence and the Arab revolt, Setting the Desert on Fire: TE Lawrence and Britain's secret war in Arabia 1916-18, was published in Britain in …

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  • "Wartime" magazine feature on our exhibition

    Friday 2 November 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Wartime Cover #40 The Memorial's regularly published magazine Wartime has a cover story and major feature on our exhibition in the Wartime current issue (#40). We have four articles in this issue: Nigel Steel addresses the liberation of Damascus from the Turks in October 1918. Credit has mostly been given to Feisal's Arabs and Lawrence was responsible for this claim as that is what he said in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. …

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  • The charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba

    Tuesday 30 October 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 2 comments

    The battle of Beersheba took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. The final phase of this all day battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the …

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  • Our exhibition process to date

    Thursday 11 October 2007 by Mal Booth.

    September was a really busy month for us. We all had to meet deadlines for text, get the initial design concepts endorsed by management and write essays for magazines and our catalogue. So, just in case you are interested in what has gone on so far, here is a pretty comprehensive listing of the process and a few images we have taken along the way. Several senior staff from the Memorial viewed the IWM Lawrence of Arabia: The life, the …

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  • One that got away

    Friday 24 August 2007 by Mal Booth. 3 comments

    Well, at least something we were not allowed to borrow . . . We did want to bring one of Lawrence's Arab daggers out to show in our exhibition. Two were displayed by the IWM: a gold dagger made for Lawrence in Mecca in 1917 that is now owned by All Souls College, Oxford; and a silver-gilt dagger now owned by Lord and Lady Kennet. I thought that it would be best to try for both and my first negotiation was in London at the home of Lord …

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