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5th May, 2016

Britain and the Mediterranean Exhibition


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5th May, 2016
19:00 - 21:00
Strand Campus, The Chapel King's Building

This exhibition examines the history of British involvement in the Mediterranean, a strategically important region that provided the former British Empire with bases and territories to consolidate and further its military and trading objectives.

From its first territorial acquisition, that of Gibraltar in 1704, until the disbandment of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1967, Great Britain obtained a chain of territories stretching from the Pillars of Hercules at the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar, to Port Said at the northern end of the Suez Canal.

Each section of the exhibition deals with a different geographical location as they follow the sea first eastwards from Gibraltar to the Levant, and then back westwards along the North African coast. Through themes such as diplomacy, government, cultural exploration and migration, the exhibition explores how the significant British presence in the region helped to shape its history.

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