In an effort to prevent T. E. Lawrence’s childhood home from possibly being torn down, a proposal has been advanced to turn it into a museum for “Lawrence studies.”
The sprawling red-brick house in Oxford is something of a shambles, having been on the market for two years and unoccupied. (It’s currently listed at $3.3 million.) It was here that the renowned writer, diplomat, and adventurer returned, after his World War I exploits in the Middle East.
Efforts to earn the house landmark status have failed, so Rory Stewart, the recent prime minister hopeful, and John Simpson, of the BBC, have suggested that one of the three Oxford colleges to which Lawrence belonged buy the property. So far, there is no word from the university.