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Sha Jehan and the Mughals together with the British Contribution to Indian History and Culture Oliver Everett Friday 23 March 2018

Booking opens 8 February 2018. The first lecture will start at 10.30am at the refurbished Goldwater Lodge (next to the Dianthus Building), Goldsworth Park, Woking GU21 3RT. Entrance on the lake side.

Oliver Everett is one of The Arts Society’s best known and respected lecturers. Following a period in the Diplomatic Service, he was Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales and Private Secretary to Diana Princess of Wales. He is Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. His lectures specialise on India and the Royal Collections.

The Special Interest Day will embrace two of his main interests. The first part will be about the life and times of the 17th century Mughal Emperor Sha Jehan who is best remembered for the building of the Taj Mahal as a monument to his favourite wife. It is based on the Islamic manuscript, the Padshahnama, which is a unique and vivid history of the Emperor and which contains some of the finest Mughal paintings in the world.

The second part of the Day will concern the most important British contributions to the history, archaeology, architecture, topography and languages of India. Although some aspects of British involvement in India are sometimes criticised, a number of British individuals, as well as the British Government, made great contributions to Indian society, its infrastructure and to studies of its history, languages, art, religions, zoology and botany. This part will describe the very successful work in these fields of a series of individuals, ranging from Warren Hastings to Lord Curzon and including civil servants, soldiers, judges, and professional men all of whom added enormously to our understanding of this amazing sub continent.