14 December 2014

The route embroidered on this bag marks one of Gertrude Bell’s journeys. Devastated by the death of her lover at Gallipoli she set out on what was to be her most hazardous expedition at a time when it was unknown for women to travel alone in Arabia. She crossed uncharted deserts on camel and horseback facing great physical hardship and even imprisonment before succeeding where many men had failed. But, as with all her journeys she travelled with a canvas bath, linen tablecloth and silver candlesticks.