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Published: 03 August 2019

By Andy Ross

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T E Lawrence's waistcoat and jacket

During the First World War, T E Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia became famous for his liaison work during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire.

Born in Wales, Lawrence was an archaeologist, writer, army officer and diplomat, but ended his days as an Air Force pilot, dying in 1935 in a motocycle accident in England. His writings made him a household name and you may be familiar with his name through the film "Lawrence of Arabia"

This week we added a new piece to the textile collection. Apparently given during the First World War by T E Lawrence, the very smart velvet jacket and cotton waistcoat is in very good condition. Unfortunately we have no way of verifying the provenance but maybe someone out there in Readerland can help. Here are pictures of the ensemble, along with some detail shots of pockets, buttons and buttonholes, and embellishments. 

The textile collection is in storage in Yell and we are gradually getting it into order, cataloguing the pieces and ensuring that they are protected. If anyone would like to see what we have please send an email and we will be happy to oblige.