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Explore the Gertrude Bell archive through a selection of key figures from the period. For a more comprehensive list of named individuals, please see below.

Gertrude Bell with Winston Churchill in front of a pyramid

Served two terms as British Prime Minister, and was Secretary of State for Air and War and Colonial Secretary during WW1.

Sir Percy Zachariah Cox

Chief political officer of the Indian Expeditionary Force during WW1 and later British High Commissioner to Iraq.

Feisal bin al-Hussein

First King of Iraq who also participated in the 1916 Arab revolt during WW1, son of the Grand Emir of the Hejaz.

Abdulaziz ibn Saud

Tribal and political leader who founded the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and became it's first monarch.

Walter Andrae

Archaeologist and architect who participated in Robert Koldewey's dig at Babylon, Iraq (1904-1914).

Mark Sykes

Traveller, politician and diplomatic advisor who co-created the Sykes-Picot agreement (1916).

Sir Arnold Talbot

Soldier, explorer, author and politican who served as Deputy and acting Civil Commissioner in Baghdad (1915-1924).

Sir Charles Leonard Woolley

Archaeologist who is well known for his work at ancient sites in Syria, Iraq and Sudan.

Thomas Edward Lawrence

Archaeologist, army officer, diplomat and writer, popularly known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'.

Full list of names

Allenby, Sir Edmund Henry Hynman, 1861-1936, 1st Viscount Allenby, Field
Amery, Leopold Charles Maurice Stennett [L.S.], 1873-1955, British Conservative
Andrae, Walter, 1875-1956, archaeologist and architect
Askari, Ja'far Pasha al-, 1885-1936, Iraqi statesman and Prime Minister
Asquith, Herbert Henry [H.H.], 1852-1928, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith,
Balfour, Francis [Frank] Cecil Campbell, 1884-1965, British military officer
Balfour, Lord Arthur James, 1848-1930, 1st Earl of Balfour, British Prime
Baring, Sir Evelyn, 1841-1917, 1st Earl of Cromer, Knight, British diplomat and
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian, 1868-1926, archaeologist, writer and
Berchem, Edmond Maximilien Berthout van, 1863-1921, philologist, epigraphist
Bourdillon, Sir Bernard Henry, 1883-1948, British colonial administrator and
Bowman, Humphrey Ernest, 1879-1965, British colonial administrator
Brooking, Sir Harry Triscott [H.T.], 1864-1940, Knight, Major General, British
Butler, Howard Crosby, 1872-1922, archaeologist
Carter, Sir Edgar Bonham-, 1870-1956, barrister and British colonial
Cavendish, Victor Christian William, 1868-1938, 9th Duke of Devonshire, British
Cecil, Lord Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-, 1864-1958, lawyer, politician and
Chirol, Sir Ignatius Valentine [Domnul], 1852-1929, Knight, journalist,
Churchill, Clementine Ogilvy Spencer, 1885-1977, wife of Sir Winston Churchill
Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer, 1874-1965, Knight, British Prime
Clayton, Sir Iltyd Nicholl, 1886-1955, British military officer and colonial
Cooke, Richard Sydney [R.S.], fl 1926-1957, advisor to the Ministry of Awqaf
Cornwallis, Sir Kinahan [Ken], 1883-1959, British military officer and colonial
Cox, Louisa Belle [née Hamilton], 1850-1937, wife of Sir Percy Zachariah Cox