Lecture : 26 June 2014 at 2.30 pm given by Sarah Searight

Armenia stands at the crossroads between East and West. Its landscape is dominated by mountains, steppes and river gorges – wild, beautiful and varied. Its people spread north, south, east and west – traditionally trading between neighbours near and far. In periods of prosperity, Armenians built magnificent, elaborately decorated churches which have survived the centuries. Its culture is also reflected in splendidly illuminated manuscripts.

Sarah has a 1960 BA (Hons) (Oxon) in Modern History.  Historian and journalist specialising for many years in the Middle East, she has published extensively books and articles on the subject. More recent interest in the art history of the Islamic World – 1990to 1992 MA in Islamic Art, London University. She lectures on Islamic art including on special tours to the region. Her latest book, ‘Lapis Lazuli: in pursuit of a celestial stone, was published in 2010.