Cost: £5.00 Per Seat

Filming Antiquity: Moving Images of 1930s Excavations

Filming Antiquity

The Filming Antiquity project was funded in spring 2014 to digitise, research and present the home movies of the British archaeologist Gerald Lankester Harding FSA. Harding began his career in archaeology with Flinders Petrie in 1926 at Tell Jemmah, in what was then British Mandate Palestine. The footage currently being researched by Filming Antiquity dates to the late 1920s and early 1930s, when Harding was working on the sites of Tell Fara, Tell Ajjul and Tell ed-Duweir.

In this presentation Amara Thornton FSA and Michael McCluskey (University College London) will discuss the life and work of Harding as captured on screen, setting the footage in the context of interwar excavations and the history of cinema. The presentation will include screening of footage rarely seen since the 1930s, as well as fascinating materials from Harding’s archive showing his experiences on these digs.

Click here to find out more about the project from the UCL website.

Image: Gerald Lankester Harding, from film LH17. Courtesy of the UCL Institute of Archaeology. 

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Doors open at 17.30. Presentation 18.00-19.00 (followed by Q&A).

Admission is £5.00 and includes a glass of wine upon arrival. Space is limited, and advanced booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. To book online, simply click the 'Reserve Your Seat' button at the top or the bottom of the page.

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