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City of Oxford High School
Young T.E. was a pupil here from 1896-1907. In 1936 Winston Churchill spoke at a memorial service for Lawrence at the school. The bronze plaque he unveiled can now be seen at the school's new site in south Oxford. (Read an excerpt from Churchill's speech)
Finding it: The building is now used by the Tourist Information Centre on George Street in the center of Oxford.
From 1907-1910 Lawrence studied History at Jesus College. His bedroom is still in use today, and his undergraduate thesis on Crusading Castles sits on a College Library shelf. Portraits and busts of Lawrence adorn the dining hall, staff room and chapel.
Finding it: The college is not open to the public, although serious access requests in writing might be considered.
Tel: +44 1865 279700
All Souls College
In 1918, after returning from war and to provide him with gainful employment, Lawrence was elected a Fellow of All Souls College. Their archives still house several original letters, a headdress, a pair of sandals, a gold dagger, jewelled ring and the silver bowl, plate and spoon he used in the desert. Other important portraits hang around the college.
Finding it: The college is not open to the public, although serious access requests in writing might be considered
Tel:+44 1865 279379
Leading Middle Eastern scholar and archaeologist D.G.Hogarth, Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum from 1909 to 1927, encouraged Lawrence to travel to the Middle East and dig at the ancient site of Carchemish in northern Syria. Today the museum displays Lawrence's archaeological finds from Oxford and Syria, two ornate Arab robes and a pair of carved wooden doors he brought back from Arabia, as well as important portraits by William Roberts and Augustus John.
Finding it: Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH UK
Tel: +44 1865 278000
2, Polstead Road
The Lawrence family lived here from 1896. Lawrence and his five brothers attended local schools and university colleges. The bungalow built for Lawrence as an extrovert teenager still sits in the garden behind the house.
Finding it: This is a private house in the northern suburbs of Oxford. It is not open to the public. A historic plaque faces the street.
Oxford University's main library houses the important collections of T.E. Lawrence and A.W. Lawrence Papers. These include rare photographs, general and family correspondence, RAF papers, literary manuscripts, administration and will for the period 1894-1985. Of note are early drafts of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
Finding It: The Bodleian Library is not open to the public. Applications for serious research should be made to The Department of Special Collections & Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG
Tel: +44 1865 277158
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