Hélène Maloigne

Hélène Maloigne gained her PhD at the Department of History at UCL in 2020 with a thesis on the history of archaeology in the Middle East in the early 20th century. She has a BA in archaeology and ancient languages and an MA in archaeology and art history from the University of Bern in Switzerland. In 2012, she completed an MA in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology at UCL.

As an Associate Lecturer (Teaching) at the Department of History, Hélène works on the core modules Writing History and Making History. She also acts as Writing and Learning Mentor. 


Hélène’s research centres on the history and practice of archaeology in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on the interconnection between the creation of archaeology as a discipline, imperialism, gender performativity, friendship, and popular culture. She is interested in contextualizing the historical dependence of archaeology on power structures, and how the discipline can acknowledge and understand the past and move forward to a more inclusive and diverse future.


Hélène is the finds registrar of the Tell Atchana Excavations Project, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL and Assistant Editor for the Bulletin of the History of Archaeology.

Major publications

  • ‘Making use of the Past. The Possibilities of Archaeological Archives’ in Alalakh and its Neighbors: Proceedings of the 15th Anniversary Symposium at the New Hatay Archaeology Museum, June 10–12, 2015, ed. by K.A. Yener and T. Ingman, Peeters, 2020, pp. 13–27.
  • ‘How Idrimi came to London: Diplomacy and the division of archaeological finds in the 1930s’, Museum History Journal, 10.2 (2017), pp. 200–216.
  • Murat Akar and Hélène Maloigne (eds), The Forgotten Kingdom. Archaeology and Photography at Ancient Alalakh. Koç University Press, Istanbul, 2014.