16 May 2011
Institute staff, students, friends and colleagues will be saddened to hear of the death of Rachel Maxwell-Hyslop on 9 May.
Rachel was one of the first three students to be admitted to the Institute, in 1934, even before it had a building, and she later joined the staff as a member of the Department of Western Asiatic Archaeology.
Rachel already had experience of working with Mortimer Wheeler, 'cleaning Roman pavements at Verulamium and digging Neolithic pits at Maiden Castle' before taking the new course in Mesopotamian Archaeology, taught by Sidney Smith, at the newly-founded Institute of Archaeology.
Rachel was appointed an Honorary Demonstrator after the Institute (at St John's Lodge in Regent's Park) was formally opened in April 1937 and joined the Department of Western Asiatic Archaeology in 1946 just before Gordon Childe took up his appointment as Director of the Institute. In 1947 Max Mallowan joined the Institute as Professor of Western Asiatic Archaeology and Rachel was first Assistant and then Lecturer, both part-time posts, and also excavated with him at Nimrud.
Rachel wrote of her reminiscences of the Institute of Archaeology, 1933-62 in an article for the 1999/2000 issue of Archaeology International and also recorded her memories more recently at an Oral Histories event, held at the Institute in November 2009.
Our thoughts go out to her family at this difficult time.