SOAS University of London

Views of Aden

St John Simpson, Assistant Keeper of the Department of the Middle East, British Museum

Date: 22 September 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 22 September 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Aden excites different views. It is a bleak waterless spot but offers multiple harbours and is ideally suited to commanding trade with the Western Indian Ocean and Red Sea and is a vital entrepot for the Yemeni interior. Its early history is vague but that is not the subject of this lecture, which looks instead at the neglected subject of its colonial architecture, how this was shaped by the changing requirements of British administrators and governments and how it appeared to visitors. This lecture is illustrated with photographs and postcards from the British Museum collection, and the accompanying messages sometimes add amusing insights into the life and sights in Aden over the course of the twentieth century.