Tourism as Colonial Policy workshop @ UCL

Start: Nov 09, 2011 10:00 AM
End: Nov 09, 2011 06:00 PM

Location: Room 1.02, Malet Place Engineering Building, UCL

A tour at Jerash, Transjordan, c. 1930s, from the collection of George and Agnes Horsfield

Amara Thornton, Michael Berkowtiz (UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies) and Debbie Challis (Petrie Museum) are organising a workshop on the history of heritage tourism on 9 November, funded by a UCL Grand Challenges Collaborative Pioneer Award.

During the interwar period, the League of Nations granted Britain Mandates to administer territories previously controlled by the Ottoman Empire - and so British Mandate Palestine and Transjordan were created. Regular archaeological work had been going on for over 50 years before the Mandates came into being, but under the British administration a new era for archaeology began.

This one-day workshop explores the public face of archaeology - heritage tourism. From guidebooks for personal exploration to guided tours and museums, Tourism as Colonial Policy? will feature papers examining heritage tourism within this 'colonial' framework, illuminating the social context to archaeological work in the region, and giving us a historical view of the development of tourism as the modern Middle East emerged after the First World War. Recently digitised images and documents in the UCL Institute of Archaeology's archives relating to the travels of archaeologists George and Agnes Horsfield will be on display.

The workshop is being held in the Malet Place Engineering Building Room 1.02, while a reception will follow at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

Registration for the event is required. Further details are available here»


10.00 - 10.30: Tea/Coffee
10.30 - 10.35: Introduction

Session 1: Overviews - History of Tourism and Archaeology in Mandate Palestine and Transjordan

10.40 - 11.00

  • Zionist Tourism during the Mandate (Michael Berkowitz)

11.00-11.15 Questions

11.20 - 11.40

  • Archaeologists, Antiquities Services and Tourism in Mandate Palestine and Transjordan (Amara Thornton)

11.40-11.55 Questions

Session 2: Guides and Tours


  • Harry Pirie Gordon and the Palestine Guide Books (David Gill)

12.30-12.45 Questions

12.45-1.45 Lunch


  • Thomas Cook's Tours and the Palestine Exploration Fund (Felicity Cobbing)

2.20-2.35 Questions

Session 3: Heritage and Museums


3.10-3.25 Questions


  • Austen St Barbe Harrison and the history of the Rockefeller Museum, Jerusalem (Silvia Krapiwko)

4.00-4.15 Questions

4.15-4.45 Tea Break

Session 4: Concluding Remarks: The Legacy of Heritage Tourism


  • Perspectives on Heritage Tourism in Israel and Palestine (Glenn Bowman)


  • Perspectives on Heritage Tourism in Jordan (Bob Bewley)