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Collection name Clouds Hill
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Description Clouds Hill cottage is the former home of Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) (1888-1935). The tiny house contains two gramophones: one "Expert" gramophone by E. M. Ginn (speculatively dated to 1933) with a particularly large horn; and a more compact Columbia Grafonola, with spare needles and a cleaning brush. These both belonged to T. E. Lawrence.

A collection of 78rpm records present at the house is described in a prior Cecilia record as a "recreation" - that is, not part of Lawrence's personal collection, although the collection includes a recording of Lionel Tertis, whom Lawrence "may have known", according to a National Trust cataloguer. All records contained in the collection are classical or light classical. Some of T. E. Lawrence’s original record collection is now in the care of the RAF Museum.

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Jonathan Frank, June 2020

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Associated People and Organisations Lawrence, T E - E. M. Ginn - Columbia Gramophone Company - Tertis, Lionel -
Associated Places RAF Museum
Associated Times 20th Century
Associated Content Gramophone
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National Trust, Clouds Hill

King George V Road, Bovington near Wareham BH20 7NQ Open Map
Building Information The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence.
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