Oliver and Marjory Wardrop monument opens in Tbilisi
19 October, 2015
Oliver and Marjory Wardrop monument opens in Tbilisi
The monument of Oliver Wardrop and his sister, Marjory Wardrop was inaugurated at the park behind the Parliament building in Tbilisi. The park was given the name of the English diplomat, translator and traveler during last year’s Tbilisoba holiday and that was also when it was decided to put up the monument.

Sir John Oliver Wardrop was a British diplomat, traveler and translator, known best for his role as Great Britain's first Chief Commissioner of Transcaucasus in Georgia. During his
second stay in Georgia, in 1894, he learned the Georgian language and published a series of books on Georgia, including a translation of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani's "The Book of Wisdom and Lies".

His sister Marjory was a linguistic prodigy: Fluent in seven foreign languages, she also learned Georgian and traveled to Georgia (then part of Imperial Russia) in 1894-1896. She translated and published Georgian Folk Tales (London, 1894), The Hermit by Ilia Chavchavadze (London, 1895), The Life of St. Nino (Oxford, 1900), etc. The first English prosaic translation of The Knight in the Panther's Skin, a medieval Georgian epic poem by Shota Rustaveli, is also credited to her.

The monument of Oliver and Marjory Wardrops was inaugurated by the speaker of the parliament, Davit Usupashvili, the mayor of Tbilisi Davit Narmania and the president of Tbilisi assembly Giorgi Alibegashvili. The event was attended by British ambassador to Georgia, Alexandra Hall Hall.

‘Looking at these two people, we will remember that Georgia has always had friends and supporters and that is why we had opportunities to spread our culture throughout the world. Today, our relationship with Great Britain is exemplary. Few days ago I was visiting Great Britain and it’s quite symbolic that our modern life follows the track these two great people, together with Georgian diplomats and Ilia Chavchavadze in particular, have marked for our nations’.
geotv.ge
The bronze monument of Oliver and Marjory Wardrops was created by a sculptor, Jumber Jikia.

“I am highly honored to open the monument of the first foreign ambassador to Georgia, Oliver Wardrop, who made many good deeds in Georgia. More than a century has passed and it’s very hard to overestimate his merit. The cultural, social, political and other kinds of relationships between Georgia and the UK even today are influenced by everything Sir Oliver Wardrop has done,” the Tbilisi mayor, Davit Narmania has said.
geotv.ge
In 1909, after his sister died, Oliver Wardrop created a fund at Oxford University named after her. Through it, Wardrop augmented his collection, which now consists of 1,454 items, of which 215 are periodicals and 73 are series.

Oxford University's Georgian Society, which was founded in 2003, owes its existence precisely to the legacy left by Oliver and Marjory Wardrop.
Print
Other Stories
New stunning dance by Georgian National Ballet - Sukhishvili
Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet has recently presented their new dance performed
Georgian Film “Bad People” wins the Discover Film Award in London
The Georgian film “Bad People” became the winner of the Best International Drama Award
Google Arts and Culture tells the history of the Georgian Alphabet
The history of the Georgian alphabet has been told through Google Arts and Culture’s online exhibition.
Georgian painter Tekla Meladze is a founder of a new trend in Art
An 18-year-old Georgian painter Tekla Meladze has launched a new trend in art.
Georgian wine in Tokyo Metro Station – How does Japanese embrace Georgian culture and cuisine?
Nearly everyone who enters Tennozu Isle Tokyo Metro station finds out more about Georgian wine thanks to advertising campaign of the National Wine Agency of Georgia.
Japanese Master of Wine representing Georgian wine to the world
Within the framework of exhibition called Georgia – Homeland of Wine held in Tokyo, the only master of wine in Japane Kenichi Ohashi held a presentation about Georgian wine for the Japanese wine experts.
Google devotes an online exhibition to David Kakabadze’s scientific work
David Kakabadze, Georgian painter and inventor of glassless stereo cinema has been celebrated by Google Arts and Culture’s online exhibition.
Zviad Ratiani among 8 poets nominated for the European Poet of Freedom 2020 Award
Georgian poet Zviad Ratiani has been nominated for the European Poet of Freedom 2020 Award.
The 3rd Georgian Film Review ‘Gamardżoba kino’ opens on Friday, April 5 in Warsaw
The 3rd Georgian Film Review ‘Gamardżoba kino’ organized by the members of the Kaukaz.net foundation in Poland opens on Friday, April 5 bringing a range of screenings and discussions to the audience.
Georgian bible discovered in Dagestan
Bible written in Georgian was discovered in Dagestan.
Kintsugi Qvevri – Repaired Qvevri as a Rebirth of Georgia
Japan preserves an art of repairing broken pottery with gold.
"In these terrific Georgians we had met more than our match... "
Soviet Georgia in the diaries of American writer John Steinbeck and through the lens of photographer Robert Capa
Georgian among “The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken in the World Today”
Georgia is among the 10 oldest languages still spoken in the world today.
Dutch screenwriter Roelof Jan Minneboo working on new films in Georgia
Roelof Jan Minneboo, Dutch screenwriter has visited Georgia to co-work with the Georgian film director Giorgi Ovashvili.
Georgian wheat granted status of national importance
Georgian wheat has granted a status of national importance.
Nino Surguladze conquers the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Nino Surguladze, a Georgian mezzo-soprano has recently appeared for Aida’s premiere at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège in Belgium.
Georgian actors awared at Redline International Film Festival
Redline International Film Festival is a leading international indie short film competition founded by Canadian indie filmmakers.
Adjarian Borano Granted Cultural Heritage Status
National Agency for Cultural Heritage Reservation of Georgia has recently announced
A wonderful story of friendship of a Georgian artist and a legendary designer Coco Chanel
Two years ago, a book dedicated to the anniversary of Chanel Brand was published in France;
5 films to know more about the history of Georgia
Georgia has always been internationally acclaimed due to its cinematography.
“Georgian verbs really do say it all”- British ambassador to Georgia about the language
Justin McKenzie Smith, a British ambassador to Georgia posted a picture of the definition of one of the Georgian verbs on Twitter two days ago.
Digital reproductions of Da Vinci’s artworks exposed at Georgian National Museum
Georgian National Museum has launched an educational-multimedia project "Leonardo – Opera Omnia".
Georgian actors achieving their career in Hollywood
The representatives of the Georgian film industry have been awarded numerous titles and prizes for their extraordinary achievements in the past recent years.
Georgian painter Akaki Dzneladze’s works exhibited in France
The exhibition hall and museum complex of the Grand Palais located at the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France hosted the works of Akaki Dzneladze, a well-known Georgian painter.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
22.04.2019
23.04.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6935
2.6935
EUR
1
EUR
3.0291
3.0291
GBP
1
GBP
3.5021
3.5021
RUB
100
RUB
4.2126
4.2126