Monday, 20 September 2010


The Oxford Backpackers, my lodgings during my time at the Lawrence Society Syposium 2010. I stayed in dormatory 11. I recommend this place, it is lively and has a relaxed atmosphere and is conveniently located near to the train station and also it is only a 10 minute walk from St John's College. £15 including a basic breakfast of cereal, bread and coffee.
St John's College, Oxford, venue of the 2010 T E Lawrence Society Symposium.
AW at St John's College

Oxford, a great cycling city.

Lawrence's Robes at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Jesus College
Society members at Jesus College
The Lawrence bust in the Chapel at Jesus College
The Fellow's dining room at Jesus College
The fireplace in Lawrence's room at Jesus College. Further photography in the room was not possible because it is in use by current students.

Society members in the dining hall at Jesus College.
Place setting at Jesus College, Oxford.
A blurred photo of the Lawrence portrait in the dining.
Society members gathered at St John's College.

Symposium colleagues. From the left Nigel McMurray, Maurice and Dave.
An evening expedition to 2 Polstead Road, the Lawrence family home.
The former City of Oxford High School. Lawrence's old school and home to a famous commemorative plaque which was originally unveiled and dedicated by Winston Churchill.

I have just returned from the splendid 2010 T E Lawrence Society Symposium at St John's College. I enjoyed this weekend very much, wallowing in Lawrence matters and the fellowship of Society colleagues. Off particular note was Friday's guided visit to Jesus College where members were shown Lawrence's old room and were given the opportunity to examine the Crusader Castle thesis manuscript. The thesis is a priceless document and I expect it would fetch a million pounds if sold. I touched the thesis.

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