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An exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of John Lewis Burckhardt on 15 October 1817 in Cairo. Swiss by birth, he was appointed by the African Association to cross the Sahara south from Cairo to discover the course of the River Niger and to reach Timbuktu. In preparation, he was required to study former travellers, scientific subjects and Arabic and it was for this reason he came to Cambridge in 1808. Disguised as an Arab trader he visited Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Arabia but died in Cairo aged 32, never completing his mission. His legacy lies in his five volumes of notes and his 300 Arabic manuscripts bequeathed to the library on his deathbed. 

Location: 
Entrance Hall
Date: 
Repeats every week every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Sat Oct 21 2017.
Thursday, 28 September, 2017
Friday, 29 September, 2017
Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Monday, 2 October, 2017
Tuesday, 3 October, 2017
Wednesday, 4 October, 2017
Thursday, 5 October, 2017
Friday, 6 October, 2017
Saturday, 7 October, 2017
Monday, 9 October, 2017
Tuesday, 10 October, 2017
Wednesday, 11 October, 2017
Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Friday, 13 October, 2017
Saturday, 14 October, 2017
Monday, 16 October, 2017
Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Friday, 20 October, 2017
Saturday, 21 October, 2017
Audience: 
ALL WELCOME
Booking: 
Booking not required