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The 15th TE LAWRENCE SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM, St Johns College, Oxford 

This biennial event was a huge success in September, and thank you to all our speakers and attendees, who made the weekend so special and interesting. The Society enjoyed our biggest attendance ever with 180 enjoying the presentations on the Saturday. The line-up of international speakers presented an inspired and informative programme covering topics including the forgotten soldiers who fought with Lawrence, his friendship with Gertrude Bell, his honours and awards, and his war activities beyond the Arab Revolt, including lesser known activities in the Arab Bureau and other spheres of influence in the Middle East.
Was Lawrence an ANZAC? - an interesting question posed in an original presentation on Sunday morning. This was followed by talks on the portraits of Lawrence, Armoured car and RAF raids in the Hejaz, and a look at Lawrence's role in the war from an Ottoman and German perspective.
The long weekend began on Friday morning with oversubscribed trips to Magdalen College to view the exciting work being done to build a T E Lawrence archive. In the afternoon we were thrilled to welcome the directors of 'Letters from Baghdad', with fascinating insights into the making of the film, as well as watching the film. We also explored the Bell archive and the work  at Newcastle University, with the archive director.
Watch out for news and photos from the symposium in the coming weeks and with the new Newsletter.

The international Society for everyone with an interest in the life of T. E. Lawrence