Gertrude Bell and the ‘Woman Question’

A talk exploring the contradictions in Gertrude Bell’s life
early 20 century portrait of explorer Gertrude Bell


Tuesday 23 February

Visitor information

5.30pm - 6.45pm
Speaker: Helen Berry, Professor of British History at Newcastle University and exhibition contributor.
Please note: this lecture will take place in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University
No booking required
Part of the Extraordinary Gertrude Bell exhibition lecture programme


In conjunction with our new exhibition The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell, this lecture will explore the paradoxes and contradictions in Bell’s life from the perspective of women’s history.
A contemporary of T E Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’), until recently Bell has been little known beyond the specialist world of Middle Eastern archaeology, and yet her legacy is significant. Gertrude Bell played a major role in the political settlement that led to the formation of modern-day Iraq.
The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell was created by this museum in partnership with Newcastle University, where the Gertrude Bell Archive is held.