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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

Lyall, Sir Alfred Comyn, 1835-1911, Knight, British civil servant, literary
Lyall, Sir Charles James, 1845-1920, Knight, Arabic scholar and British civil
Malcolm, Sir Ian Zachary, 1868-1944, Knight, Colonel, British politician
Malcolm, Sir Neill, 1869-1953, Knight, Major General, British Army officer
Margoliouth, David Samuel, 1858-1940, orientalist
Marling, Sir Charles Murray, 1862-1933, British diplomat and ambassador to Iran
Maude, Sir Frederick Stanley, 1864-1917, Knight, Lieutenant General, British
McMahon, Sir Arthur Henry, 1862-1949, Knight, British Indian Army officer and
Mitford, Sir Algernon Bertram [A.B.], 1837-1916, 1st Baron Redesdale, Knight,
Montagu, Edwin Samuel, 1879-1924, British politician
Naji, Haji, fl 1919-1925, Iraqi landowner and farmer
Naji, Haji, fl 1919-1925, Iraqi landowner and farmer, fl 1919-1925, Iraqi
Naqib, Talib Pasha bin Rajab al-, 1871-1929, Iraqi politician and Minister of
Nasser, Huzaima bint, 1884-1935, Queen of Iraq and wife of King Feisal I
Philby, Harry St John Bridger, 1885-1960, British colonial officer, writer and
Prothero, Sir George Walter, 1848-1922, Knight, historian, writer, and academic
Ramsay, Sir William Mitchell [W.M.], 1851-1939, Knight, archaeologist and
Reuther, Oscar, 1880-1954, architectural historian
Rice, Florence Caroline Spring [née Lascelles], 1876-1961, wife of Sir Cecil
Rice, Sir Cecil Arthur Spring, 1859-1918, Knight, British diplomat and poet
Richmond, Sir Herbert William, 1871-1946, Knight, Admiral, Royal Navy officer
Richmond, Sir Herbert William, 1871-1946, Knight, Admiral, Royal Navy officer,
Robins, Elizabeth [Lisa], 1862-1952, actress, writer and suffragette
Ross, Sir Edward Denison, 1871-1940, Knight, orientalist and linguist
Russell, Flora Magdalen Isabel, 1869-1967, daughter of Lord Arthur John Edward