Lawrence of Arabia is known as a near-legendary British officer who brought unity to the Arab forces in their fight against the Ottoman Empire. But who was Thomas Edward Lawrence and how much did this archaeologist, diplomat and writer really achieve?

Memorably portrayed as an intelligent but flawed character by Peter O’Toole in the 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia, T.E. Lawrence arrived in Arabia in 1916 as a liaison to the Arab forces.

His legend and his writings tell us that his wartime activities were broad and varied, but what impact did his exploits in the Middle East have on the current politics of the region?

At this fascinating event for all history buffs, historian and archaeologist, Neil Faulkner, delves into the history, culture and politics of the Middle East during World War One, putting Lawrence’s story firmly into perspective and shedding fresh light on the man behind the myths.

About The Speaker

Neil Faulkner

Dr Neil Faulkner FSA is an archaeologist, historian, writer, lecturer, and broadcaster. The author of a dozen books, he is editor of Military History Monthly, co-director of the Great Arab Revolt Project, and has appeared on Channel 4’s Time Team, BBC2’s Timewatch, and Sky Atlantic’s The British.