TE Lawrence in Dorset
Life and death of a controversial hero
Colonel TE Lawrence – ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ – was one of the greatest celebrities of the 20th century. He was also one of its most controversial figures – for some, a real-life hero and brilliant guerrilla commander, for others, a self-promoting charlatan. Lawrence’s character and role – in particular, the reliability of his famous war memoir, Seven Pillars of Wisdom – was a central question for the Great Arab Revolt Project, a ten-year investigation of the archaeology of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’s War’ co-directed by your Guide-Lecturer Neil Faulkner. We will use our visits to ‘Lawrence sites’ in Dorset – his home at Cloud’s Hill, his tomb effigy at Wareham and burial place at Moreton, and the home of his friend Thomas Hardy at Max Gate – to explore the character and role of TE Lawrence and attempt to sift fact and fiction. Our tour will also include special access to Lawrence material held at the Tank Museum at Bovington, and a fresh viewing, with detailed commentary based on archaeological investigation of film location sites, of the iconic 1962 David Lean movie.
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Day 1 - Dorchester
Once settled into our hotel in Dorchester, Neil Faulkner will guide us around the Roman sites in the town – Maumbury Rings and the Roman Town House. In the evening, before dinner, there will be an introductory lecture on ‘Lawrence of Arabia: Man and Legend’.
Day 2 - Dorchester
We drive to visit four nearby sites: the Eric Kennington tomb effigy of Lawrence in the manner of a Crusader at St Martin’s Church, Wareham; Lawrence’s cottage home at Cloud’s Hill; Lawrence’s grave at Moreton; and the home of Thomas Hardy at Max Gate, where Lawrence was a frequent visitor. After a late lunch, we will take a short break at the hotel, and then reconvene for a critical viewing of the David Lean film before taking dinner.
|Meals included||All meals included|
Day 3 - Dorchester
Following a second lecture at our hotel, ‘Lawrence of Arabia: Guerrilla Leader’, we drive to the Tank Museum at Bovington, stopping briefly at the crash site where Lawrence suffered his fatal accident. At the museum, Curator David Willey will introduce the Lawrence collection held at Bovington. After lunch, we will have special access to the workshops of the museum, before free time to explore the main galleries. We will then return to our hotel late afternoon where our tour ends.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Lunch|
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Offer||Availability|
|11 June 2021||ASBV210611||11 June 2021 (Friday)||13 June 2021 (Sunday)||Dr Neil Faulkner||£685