Institute of Archaeology


Dr Alice Stevenson

Associate Professor

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2012

Research summary

My research interests include:

  • History of museums and collections of archaeology, anthropology and Egyptology
  • Museum Archaeology
  • Museums and source communities
  • Contemporary art museum interventions and institutional critique
  • The antiquities trade
  • Treatment of human remains in museums
  • Predynastic Egypt
  • Mortuary archaeology and ritual practice

I have two current research projects. The first is a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship examining contemporary artistic interventions in galleries exhibiting ancient Egyptian material culture. The second is a collaboration with the Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, funded by the AHRC; Mobilising collections histories for institutional change.

My previous major projects include the AHRC-funded Egypt's Dispersed Heritage, a programme of dissemination, cultural events, and artistic responses in Egypt and the UK- co-developed with Heba Abd el Gawad and community partners - to increase understanding about the conditions of export of antiquities from Egypt and their legacies today. That project grew out of my AHRC-funded Artefacts of Excavation project which explored the history of finds from British-led excavations in Egypt, published as a web-resource and my open access book Scattered Finds: Archaeology, Egyptology and Museums (UCL Press 2019).

I have a collaboration with Mirjam Brusius (German Historical Institute London) on the 100 Histories of 100 Worlds in One Object project, a long-term, multi-format initiative that provides a response to the British Museum's History of the World in 100 Objects. Other collaborative projects include a new edited volume on Critical Collections Management with Cara Krmpotich (University of Toronto).

I have edited The Oxford Handbook of Museum Archaeology (2022), which brings together some 50 international scholars and professionals to present an original transnational reference point for critical engagements with the legacies of, and futures for, global archaeological collections. 

Teaching summary

I currently co-ordinate the following modules:

  • ARCL0190 Museum Archaeology (BA)
  • ARCL0092 The Museum: Critical Perspectives (MA)
  • ARCL0118 Collections Management and Care (MA)
  • ARCL0199 Heritage Ethics and Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean (MA) (with Corisande Fenwick)


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow |
University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2007
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 2005
University of Leicester
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2003
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2001


I am an Associate Professor of Museum Studies. I previously held positions as Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (2013-2017), Researcher in World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum (2009-2012) and Research Fellow in the Institute of Archaeology and Department of Information Studies (2007-2009). 


Between 2013 and 2017 I was the lead researcher and initiator of the AHRC-funded project 'Artefacts of Excavation', which explored the history and legacy of the dispersal of finds from British excavations in Egypt (http://egyptartefacts.griffith.ox.ac.uk/). I subsequently led the follow-on for impact project from this, 'Egypt's Dispersed Heritage' (https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=AH%2FS004580%2F1).