11am, Saturday 24 June 2017
National Civil War Centre, 14 Appletongate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1JY
T. E. Lawrence Society members are invited to join a special tour of the National Civil War Centre’s acclaimed exhibition, Shifting Sands: Lawrence of Arabia and the Great Arab Revolt. The programme will
include an afternoon talk by our vice-chairman Alan Payne about Lawrence and Brough Superior motorcycles, celebrating the local link with George Brough’s Nottingham factory.
As one of the curators of the exhibition, Society member Kevin Winter will be pleased to welcome members to the National Civil War Centre at 11am. Kevin will show members round the exhibition, which is in three rooms across two levels of the building.
Artefacts in the first two rooms include a brass rubbing made by T. E., items from the Carchemish excavations and Wilderness of Zin expedition, T. E.’s dressing gown, made from one of his robes, and artefacts uncovered from the Jordanian desert by the Great Arab Revolt Project. There is a recreation of a Bedouin tent, Tooth Hill Camp and a diorama of the Hallat Ammar ambush.
In the Tudor Attic, the post-war story is told. Artefacts
include the camel saddlebag used by T. E. to carry gold to the Arabs, the Kennington bust from Jesus College and the Cranwell edition of Seven Pillars, annotated in T. E.’s own hand.
For lunch, Kevin will show members to the on-site café or give directions to the Market Place, where there is a range of eateries.
Alan’s talk starts at 2.30pm. We may with luck have a couple of Brough Superiors parked in the courtyard near where the talk will take place.
Members may want to visit the Civil War galleries and the Newark galleries in the museum if there is time.
The museum entry fee is £8 for adults or £7 concessions which
covers entry to the Shifting Sands exhibition and Alan’s talk in the
afternoon. There is no need to book in advance, but please email Alan Payne HERE to register your interest.