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.
Served two terms as British Prime Minister, and was Secretary of State for Air and War and Colonial Secretary during WW1.
Chief political officer of the Indian Expeditionary Force during WW1 and later British High Commissioner to Iraq.
First King of Iraq who also participated in the 1916 Arab revolt during WW1, son of the Grand Emir of the Hejaz.
Tribal and political leader who founded the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and became it's first monarch.
Archaeologist and architect who participated in Robert Koldewey's dig at Babylon, Iraq (1904-1914).
Traveller, politician and diplomatic advisor who co-created the Sykes-Picot agreement (1916).
Soldier, explorer, author and politican who served as Deputy and acting Civil Commissioner in Baghdad (1915-1924).
Archaeologist who is well known for his work at ancient sites in Syria, Iraq and Sudan.
Archaeologist, army officer, diplomat and writer, popularly known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'.