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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

Russell, Lord Arthur John Edward, 1825-1892, politician
Sa'id, Nuri Pasha al-, 1888-1958, Iraqi politician and Prime Minister
Samuel, Herbert Louis, 1870-1963, 1st Viscount Samuel, Knight
Samuel, Herbert Louis, 1870-1963, 1st Viscount Samuel, Knight, British Liberal
Sarre, Friedrich Paul Theodor, 1865-1945, orientalist, archaeologist and art
Saud, Abdulaziz ibn, 1876-1953, political and religious leader, monarch of
Saud, Abdulaziz ibn, 1876-1953, political and religious leader, monarch of
Shuckburgh, Sir John Evelyn, 1877-1953, Knight, Major General, British colonial
Smith, Arthur Lionel Forster, 1880-1972, educationalist
Strong, Arthur Sandford, 1863-1904, orientalist, art historian and librarian
Strzygowski, Josef Rudolf Thomas, 1862-1941, art historian
Suwaidi, Yusuf al-, Iraqi politician
Suwaydi, Naji al-, 1882-1942, Iraqi politician and Prime Minister
Swettenham, Sir Frank Athelstane, 1850-1946, Knight, British colonial official
Sykes, Sir Tatton Benvenuto Mark, 1879-1919, 6th Baronet, Lieutenant Colonel,
Trevelyan, Sir Charles Philips, 1870-1958, 3rd Baronet, British politician
West, Victora Mary Sackville-, 1892-1929, writer
Whittall, Edward, 1851-1917, Anglo-Ottoman merchant and amateur Botanist
Wiel, Alethea Jane Lawley, 1851-1929, writer
Willcox, Sir Henry Beresford Dennitts, 1889-1968, Knight, Lieutenant General,
Wilson, James Mollison [J.M.], 1877-1965, military official, architect and
Wilson, Sir Arnold Talbot [A.T.], 1884-1940, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel,
Wilson, Thomas Woodrow, 1856-1924, President of the United States of America
Woolley, Sir Charles Leonard, 1880-1960, Knight, archaeologist
Wordsworth, Dame Elizabeth, 1840-1932, author and founding principle of Lady