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An unintentional colonial gift: Herbert Horatio Kitchener and the antiquity of the toponymic history of Cyprus | 17 October 2019

October 4, 2019

 

 

The National Archives 
(Kew, Richmond, TW9 4DU, closest tube station Kew Gardens)
Thursday, 17 October 2019, 18:30
 

Attendance is free. Registration required. 
Please book HERE
 

 

Description

 

In 1878, a young lieutenant of the Royal Engineers, H.H. Kitchener, arrived in Cyprus. He had been sent to the newly acquired British possession in order to do a quick and rough survey for revenue needs; or at least this is what Sir Garnet Wolseley, the first High Commissioner, had in mind. Instead, working against all odds and certainly against the High Commissioner’s wishes, Kitchener produced an unsurpassed and quite unexpected geospatial and cultural record of the island’s identity.

 

His Excellency Andreas S. Kakouris, High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus, and Dr Ioanna Hadjicosti, Director of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, will introduce a lecture by Professor Maria Iacovou, of the University of Cyprus, on ‘Herbert Horatio Kitchener and Cyprus: The antiquity of the toponymic history of Cyprus’.

 

The maps produced by Kitchener will be displayed alongside related documents held by The National Archives.

 

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception showcasing Cypriot products.

 

Speaker biography

 

Maria Iacovou is Professor of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus (since 2008). She received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati in 1984 and in 1986 she was postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Classical Studies, University College London. Before her election to the University of Cyprus (in 1998), she served for ten years as the Director of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation (1987-1997), where she was in charge of the development of the Cypriot Collections and especially the Cyprus Map Collection.

 

 

 

 

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CULTURAL SECTION CHC UK

 

The Cultural Section of the Cyprus High Commission promotes Cyprus History and Culture in the UK.

 

We host, organise and support initiatives and events, and create collaborations with cultural institutions, educational bodies, and universities. Our primary aim is to engage the Cypriot community and the wider public in a dynamic cultural dialogue. To this end, we support cultural production by emerging artists in various forms of art (music, theatre, fine arts, film) by providing platforms to show their work and by facilitating their collaborations with international institutions.

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