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23 February 2019

Study Day – Women in Archaeology *SOLD OUT*

Join us for this fascinating study day on prominent women archaeologists, with a particular focus on those who worked in the Middle East. The study day will culminate in a screening in the early evening of a wonderful new film on the life and work of St Hugh’s alumna, the late Nancy Sandars (Archaeology, 1950), who worked with the hugely influential archaeologist Dame Kathleen Kenyon, Principal of St Hugh’s from 1962 to 1973.

The programme for the day is set out below. Final details will be sent to all those who have booked in the week before the study day.

11.00 Registration Desk Opens

11.30 Henrietta McCall ‘YOU WOULD HAVE MADE A GOOD ARCHAEOLOGIST, MONSIEUR POIROT: Agatha Christie’s Life on Digs’

12.30 Rebecca Huxley Introduction to Nancy Sandars

12.45 Buffet lunch (provided)

13.30 Professor Andrew George ‘Nancy Sandars and the Epic of Gilgamesh’

14.30 Dr Paul Collins ‘Gertrude Bell: Archaeology and the Making of Iraq’

15.30 Break

15.50 Felicity Cobbing ‘Digging Up Kathleen Kenyon’

17.00 Afternoon Tea (provided)

18.00 Introduction and Screening of The Lucid Past of Nancy Sandars

19.30 Drinks Reception

20.00 Close


About the film

The Lucid Past of Nancy Sandars is a biographical documentary about the life of archaeologist and writer Nancy Sandars (1914-2015), who studied Archaeology at St Hugh’s College, matriculating in 1950. The film is based on an interview from 2013 in which she looks back on her long and remarkable life, with further contributions from those who knew her and her work in archaeology, literature and the arts. Nancy travelled widely in Europe and the Middle East, but was born and died in the same house in Little Tew, North Oxfordshire, so her life traces a whole century of the social history of this rural village. The film is presented by Rebecca Huxley, Nancy’s god-daughter, and directed by Mike Tomlinson.


If you would like to be added to the waiting list for this event, please email or telephone +44 (0)1865 613839.

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