Ruins and romance: early women travellers in the Near East
Lecture | The Menuhin Hall
Thursday 19 January 2017 - 10:00 until 12:00
Sue Rollin will tell the story of some remarkable women who ventured to the Near East when travelling beyond Western Europe was still very much a male preserve. Lady Mary Wortley Montague scandalised London society by joining her husband on his posting to Turkey in 1716. Lady Hester Stanhope, the first European woman to visit the ruins of Palmyr, left England in 1810, dying 29 years later in the Lebanon. Isabel Burton followed her husband Richard abroad, enthusiastically immersing herself in his passion for archaeology and Jane Digby found fulfilment with an Arab sheikh, 20 years her junior, and is buried outside the walls of Damascus.
This event has been organised by the Surrey Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.