Opened by Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abu Bakr Al Qirbi and Minister of Tourism Mr. Nabeel Al Fakeeh, A Time in Hadhramaut: The first Europeans to make Hadhramaut their home, is a significantly historical photographic exhibition which was organized by the British Council in Yemen to celebrate its 75th anniversary.
The opening reception took place at the National Museum in Sana’a on Wednesday 09 December 2009, to which a number of distinguished guests came including Leila Ingrams, members of the shura council & the parliament, diplomats, directors of cultural centers & foundations, artists, business men and British Council programs participants.
A Time in Hadhramaut exhibition included some 153 photographs of Harold and Doreen Ingrams photographic collection during their stay in Hadhramaut.
The Ingramses first came to Yemen on 1 April 1934 when Harold was appointed Political Officer in Aden, after he had served in Zanzibar and Mauritius. During the years that they lived in Hadhramaut, this ancient part of the world, they took photographs and kept diaries which documented that important era in time. The captions for the entire exhibition come from those Diaries, their books: Arabia and the Isles, A Time in Arabia, Social and Economic Conditions of the Eastern Aden Protectorate and A Report on the Social, Economic and Political Condition of the Hadhramaut and from a number of articles by Harold and Doreen in different Journals.
Harold and Doreen’s daughter, Leila Ingrams, has preserved the collection of the photographs her parents took during their time in Hadhramaut, as well as their journals and other writings. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of their first arrival in Hadramaut, she has worked with the British Council; which also celebrates its 75th anniversary; to create this commemorative exhibition, which will be donated to the Seiyun exhibition after its showing in Sana’a.
Leila Ingrams said “Harold and Doreen Ingrams were known affectionately as ‘Grams’ and ‘Duree’. Their time in Hadhramaut was the most significant period in their lives, for the Hadhramis and Hadhramaut, from all the places they had lived and worked, held first place in their heart: ‘it would be impossible to exaggerate their friendship, their help and their hospitality.’ Doreen and Harold’s publications were prolific and formed a unique contribution to the study of Hadhramaut. Friendships made during these years continued throughout their lives.”
Michael White, Director of The British Council added “this exhibition helps us understand that the world is richer, more complex and more rewarding than we might imagine. It helps us appreciate that sometimes the contact between two cultures, handled sympathetically, can result in lasting benefit to both”