2018 Symposium

Join us for the

15th Symposium of the
T. E. Lawrence Society

St John’s College, Oxford
Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September 2018

Commemorating the end of the Arab Revolt
with the taking of Damascus in 1918


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.

Past Symposia have featured talks by internationally
regarded writers and academics, as well as members of the Society sharing their own knowledge and researches.

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.

Our 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 of the taking of Damascus in 1918.

StPetersPlayersThe dates for the 15th Symposium have been confirmed as Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September 2018.  So put the Symposium in your
diary and don’t miss out!

The programme for the 2018 Symposium can be viewed HERE.

Download a Booking form by CLICKING HERE. Then either:

1) Return the completed Booking Form with a cheque (UK sterling) to: Symposium Organiser, The T.E. Lawrence Society, P. O. Box 728, Oxford OX2 9ZJ, England

2) Email the completed Booking Form to the SYMPOSIUM ORGANISER  and make your payment by using the Buy Now button below through Paypal.

                                     SYMPOSIUM SPONSORSHIP

Once again, Society members can support our Symposium in an interesting and personal way. You can help encourage new research, share Lawrence studies with a wider audience and strengthen your links with the Society. Even if you’re not able to attend the weekend in person, you can still make a difference and show your support for our major event.

You can sponsor the Symposium in a number of ways, anonymously or named, to reflect your own interests and circumstances.

Symposium patron
Donate £25 and have your name in the list of Patrons in the Symposium Programme.

Sponsor a lecture
Donate £100, choose your lecture and your name will be listed as a session sponsor in the Programme.

Sponsor the programme
For a donation of £250, you will be acknowledged on the front page as the programme sponsor.

Sponsor the Symposium
If you wish to sponsor the Symposium with a major donation of £3500, you will be acknowledged on the front cover of the Symposium programme and given a page of the programme to express and share your own interest in T E Lawrence.

For further information or to discuss your own ideas, please contact Harriet Coates at symposiumreservations@gmail.com

A summary of programmes from each of the past Symposia can be viewed HERE.

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

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