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PS113k Lawrence of Arabia treasures saved for nation; Museum will now put relics on show.

Byline: BEN BUTLER Daily Post Reporter

GWYNEDD-BORN Lawrence of Arabia's dagger, robes and kaffiyah have been saved for the nation after funding totalling PS113,400 was secured.

The UK risked losing the relics and earlier this year and culture Minister Ed Vaizey placed an export bar in a bid to keep the dagger in the UK.

And the national treasure has now been secured by the National Army Museum with a PS78,400 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

Both the robes and kaffiyah have also been acquired by the museum following a further NHMF grant of PS35,000.

Thomas Edward (TE) Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia, was born in Tremadog on August 16, 1888, in a house named Gorphwysfa, now known as Snowdon Lodge.

He was the second illegitimate son of Sir Thomas Chapman, seventh Baron of Westmeath, and Sarah Jenner, a women with Welsh connections. They moved to Tremadog after rejection by Dublin society but stayed for barely a year before moving first to Scotland and later Oxford.

He was considered one of the most recognisable figures of the First World War owing to his work in the Middle East and involvement in the Arab Revolt.

The archaeologist and diplomat was always seen in traditional Arab dress.

He was presented with the curved steel and silver dagger, called a jambiya, by Sherif Nasir in 1917 after the victory by the forces of the Arab Revolt against the Turkish at Aqaba in Jordan, a scene featured in the film Lawrence of Arabia.

Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said: "It's fantastic news that thanks to the export bar process this extraordinary piece will now be on display along with his robes and kaffiyah for all of the public to enjoy."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Oct 18, 2016
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