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T E Lawrence Society Symposium 2018

September 21 - September 23

The Symposium is the most important event organised by the
T. E. Lawrence Society.

Held every two years, the Symposium offers a chance to meet fellow enthusiasts from around the world and to enjoy lectures covering
diverse aspects of Lawrence’s life, in the historic surroundings of Oxford, with all its many associations with Lawrence.

For the weekend of the Symposium, delegates can enjoy the
privilege of living and dining in one of Oxford’s celebrated historic colleges.

As for past Symposia, the 2018 event will feature talks by internationally regarded writers and academics, including members of the Society sharing their own knowledge and research.

StJohnsSymposia often include visits to places with a Lawrence connection, and special exhibitions.

2018 sees us linking up with Magdalen College, who will present a unique exhibition of the expanding archives on Lawrence.

We also have a whole afternoon devoted to Gertrude Bell and her friendship with Lawrence, together with her influence on the Middle East. The directors of the film Letters from Baghdad will present and talk about the making of this fascinating documentary. The Gertrude  Bell archive director from Newcastle University will also talk about the massive collection held there.

The 2016 Symposium at St John’s College coincided with the centenary of the outbreak of the Arab Revolt, and a special programme of lectures was organised to mark the occasion.

Our 2018 Symposium will see us commemorating the end of the Arab Revolt and the taking of Damascus in 1918. New research on the part played by Lawrence and his colleagues in war, will be presented. Lawrence’s activities beyond the Revolt, which were also key to his success will also be explored.

A look at the medals and honours awarded to Lawrence and the artists who painted Lawrence and his friendships with them will complete an exciting and original programme.

StPetersPlayersThe dates for the 15th Symposium are Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September 2018.  So make your booking now and don’t miss out!

The programme for the 2018 Symposium can be viewed HERE.

A summary of programmes from each of
the past Symposia can be viewed HERE.
Or you can download detailed Symposium programmes by clicking on the links below.

St John’s College, Oxford, 2016
St John’s College, Oxford, 2014
St Hilda’s College, Oxford, 2012
St John’s College, Oxford, 2010
St John’s College, Oxford, 2008
St John’s College, Oxford, 2006
St John’s College, Oxford, 2004
Exeter College, Oxford, 2002
St John’s College, Oxford, 2000
Santa Clara University, California, 2000
St John’s College, Oxford, 1998
St Hilda’s College, Oxford, 1996
Magdalen and St Hilda’s Colleges, Oxford, 1994
Jesus College, Oxford, 1992
Jesus College, Oxford, 1990


Photo of Jesus College, Oxford  © Bencherlite via Wikimedia Commons


September 21
September 23


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St John's College
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