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Project Name: 
Wilfred Thesiger's Photographs of Arabia
Principal Investigator / Director: 
Christopher Morton (University of Oxford)
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  • Division: Academic Services
  • Unit: Pitt Rivers Museum
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Partner organizations (inside or outside Oxford): 
Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage
Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage
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Project Description: 

Website which allows users to explore over 5000 images from Arabia by the renowned traveller and photographer Sir Wilfred Thesiger between 1945 and 1950, including his two famous crossings of the Empty Quarter (Rub' Al Khali), as memorably described in his classic travelogue Arabian Sands (1959). In 2004 Thesiger's collection of 38,000 negatives and 71 personal albums were accepted by the UK government via its art in lieu of inheritance tax scheme and allocated to the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Sir Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003) was probably the greatest traveller of the twentieth century, and one of its greatest explorers.

ICT Methods: 
Data CaptureImage capture2d Scanning and photography
Data publishing and disseminationData and resource sharingResource sharing publishing
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25/06/2015 16:25:11
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