MEMBERS' LECTURE: SIR WILFRED THESIGER AND THE MARSH ARABS

Tue 11 Feb, 3pm

Hot drinks and cake served from 3pm, lecture starts at 3.30pm

Ashmolean Lecture Theatre

TICKETS: £20

MEMBERS ONLY

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) and the 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 Maitland, 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.

THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED

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