Fri 17 July, 10.30am
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre
Doors open at 10.30am when hot drinks and pastries will be served. Lecture starts at 11am
Gertrude Bell was an English writer, traveller, political officer and archaeologist who played a major role in establishing the modern state of Iraq. A formidable woman of great abilities, she travelled extensively in the Middle East, being esteemed by both British officials and tribal leaders, throughout the region. She has been described as ‘one of the few representatives of His Majesty’s Government remembered by the Arabs with anything resembling affection’. Paul Collins is Jaleh Hearn Curator of Ancient Near East in the Department of Antiquities. In 2017 he co-edited Gertrude Bell and Iraq: a life and legacy. He is currently working on the exhibition Lines in the Sand about the establishment of Iraq and Syria, which will open in Gallery 8 in August.
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