OWNING THE PAST
GERTRUDE BELL AND THE MAKING OF THE MIDDLE EAST
An Exclusive Online Talk for Members of the Ashmolean
Gertrude Bell was an English writer, traveller, political officer and archaeologist. An Oxford alumnus, she travelled extensively in the Middle East and her attitudes and understanding of the region, its peoples, and histories were instrumental in the establishment of the modern state of Iraq. Find out more about her life in this exclusive Members talk with Paul Collins, Jaleh Hearn Curator of Ancient Near East in the Department of Antiquities.
In 2017, Collins co-edited ‘Gertrude Bell and Iraq: a life and legacy’. He is also co-curator of the our Gallery 8 exhibition 'Owning the Past: From Mesopotamia to Iraq', open until 16 May 2021.
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