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The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

January 30, 2016 – May 3, 2016
The museum is open 10.00–17.00 Mon–Fri, 10.00–16.00 on Sat and 11.00–16.00 on Sun. Entry is free of charge.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT

We are absolutely delighted to see a new exhibition dedicated to the extraordinary Gertrude Bell. Born into a wealthy family at Washington New Hall in what was then County Durham, Bell (1868–1926) went on to become an archaeologist, diplomat, linguist, writer, mountaineer and explorer. More of an Arabist and Classical archaeologist rather than a Turcologist, she played an important role in shaping the Middle East after World War I.

The exhibition draws from the Gertrude Bell Archive at Newcastle University, which has an excellent online library, and also utilises significant loans from the British Musem, Imperial War Museum and others.

For those interested in learning more about Bell, her Istanbul diaries are described by Robert Ousterhout in his article ‘Socialite, Traveller, Scholar, Spy…’ in Cornucopia 48.

Pat Yale, Ancient & Modern prizewinner 2015, will be giving a talk on her study of Gertrude Bell on Thursday, February 11 at 6pm at the University of Newcastle, Armstrong Building. Applications for the 2016 Ancient & Modern Prize are open until October 31, 2016.

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