Hélène Maloigne

Hélène's doctoral research explores the popular reception of Middle Eastern archaeology in interwar Britain. The excavations at Ur in southern Iraq, directed by Charles Leonard Woolley, serve as her main case study. His books, newspaper and magazine articles, as well as radio broadcasts, brought the geographically and temporally remote past to British homes. How Woolley, and other archaeologists, used references to contemporary society, politics, arts and sciences to explain an ever-changing subject to a lay readership is one of the main research questions underpinning her study.


Supervisor: Eleanor Robson and Ellen MacAdam
Working title: '"Striking the imagination through the eye": relating the archaeology of the Ancient Near East to the British public, 1920-1939'
Expected completion date: 2020


  • Hélène Maloigne, 2017. 'How Idrimi came to London: Diplomacy and the division of archaeological finds in the 1930s', Museum History Journal 10(2), 200-216.
  • Murat Akar and Hélène Maloigne (eds.), 2014. The Forgotten Kingdom: Archaeology and Photography at Ancient Alalakh. Koç University Press, Istanbul.
  • Hélène Maloigne, 2009. 'Zentralbibliothek der Universitätsbibliothek' in A. Minta, B. Nicolai and M. Thomé (eds.), Stadt Universität Bern: 175 Jahre und Kunstwerke, Haupt Verlag, Bern/Stuttgart/Wien.

Teaching 2018-19 (Postgraduate Teaching Assistant)

  • Temple Life in Assyria and Babylonia (special subject)
  • Writing History
  • Skills tutor at the UCL Writing Lab