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Tribute to pensioner Gertrude
12:20pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
A WOMAN who played a major role in establishing the modern state of Iraq has been championed by a town Rotarian.
Gertrude Bell was an early 20th century heroine who was an archaeologist, traveller and photographer in the Middle East before the First World War.
She died in 1926 at the age of 57 but her spirit was revived by Jan Long, of Bromesberrow Heath, who exhibited a number of her photos during a conference celebrating Gertrude’s life at the British Academy in London.
The three-day event was attended by academics from around the world who celebrated her role in recent history, particularly the part she played in nominating and promoting Faisal to become King of Iraq in 1921.
Also covered was her close relationship with T E Lawrence (of Arabia) and her attendance as the only woman at the 1921 Cairo conference, where she advised Winston Churchill.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference,” said Mrs Long.
“I met her nephew, Lord Avebury, who told me that although he had seen many of the photographs before, he had thoroughly enjoyed seeing the exhibition.”
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