About this project

This website and the project behind it (which ran during 2011) was made possible by the generous support of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), who funded the research and enhanced digitization of Wilfred Thesiger's photographs from the United Arab Emirates. The project team would like to thank Dr Sami el-Masri, Director of Strategic Planning at ADACH, for his support for the project. We are pleased that copies of all of Wilfred Thesiger's UAE photographs can now be shared with people in the Middle East for the first time.

The project team consisted of Christopher Morton (Project Manager), Astrid Knight (researcher/cataloguer), Jaanika Vider (digitization) and Daniel Burt (web/database development).

We would also like to thank Alexander Maitland, Sir Wilfred Thesiger's friend and official biographer for his help and support, as well as Michael Meredith and colleagues at Eton College Library who facilitated research there. We were also pleased to discuss aspects of the project with Toby Goaman-Dodson who had earlier worked with Eric Langham on the first permanent exhibition of Thesiger's Arabian photography at Jahili Fort in Al Ain, and who had begun research on Thesiger's photography at Exeter University before his death in 2011. This website is dedicated to Toby's memory, as well as that of our friend and supporter William Delafield (1936–2011) who did so much to enable the Museum to care for, and bring to greater public attention, Wilfred Thesiger's unique collection.

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