On Tuesday 18th April the Society will meet for The Vivien Greene Memorial Lecture.
This year our speaker will be Philip Neale who will tell us about “T.E. Lawrence: An unusual genius.” Philip is the current chairman of The TE Lawrence Society so once again we will be able to benefit from an enthusiast & an expert.
Lawrence had been an archaeologist in Syria, before enlisting in 1914. For 2 years, 1916-18, he was with the Arab army, working closely with Emir Faisal (later King Faisal of Iraq).
“I was…[fitted out]…in splendid white silk and golden-embroidered wedding garments which had been sent to Faisal lately (was it a hint?) by his great-aunt in Mecca.” (T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom Ch.XX)
You may have seen the rather splendid set of apparel preserved in the Ashmolean – now it is the subject of a podcast in the Ashmoleian series Thinking with Objects