Tue 11 Feb, 3pm
Hot drinks and cake served from 3pm, lecture starts at 3.30pm
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre
Sir Wilfred Thesiger has been acclaimed as the 20th century's greatest traveller and one of its greatest explorers. Illustrated with his superb photographs, Arabian Sands(1959) Marsh Arabs (1964) are classics of modern travel literature. He was a talented photographer whose 38,000 photographs were bequeathed to the Pitt Rivers Museum. This lecture covers the period of some eight years that he spent with the Marsh Arabs in Southern Iraq. Their way of life, now vanished, is captured in his remarkable photographs. Alexander aitland, Thesiger's official biographer, was a close friend of Thesiger for 40 years. His talk will cover Thesiger's time with the Marsh Arabs and will be illustrated by photographs from the Pitt Rivers collection.