Following Miss Bell: Travels Around Turkey in the Footsteps of Gertrude Bell

Location BIAA, 154 Atatürk Bulvarı, and online

Date and time Tuesday 20 February 2024
16:00 - 18:00 (London GMT)
19:00 - 21:00 (Ankara UTC+3)

Speakers Pat Yale
Mark Jackson (Discussant)

Event Summary

By sheer chance, ex-Lonely Planet guidebook writer Pat Yale stumbled upon the fact that the great British explorer, archaeologist and writer Gertrude Bell had made at least 11 visits to Turkey between 1889 and 1914. Following in her footsteps took Pat to places as far apart in geography and public awareness as Troy and Anıtlı (Hah) in the Tur Abdin. Her talk will look at some of the discoveries she made along the way. The event will be followed a short discussion led by Mark Jackson.

The event is co-organised with American Research in Turkey (ARIT)

Watch the recording here.

Event Speakers

Pat Yale

Pat Yale studied History at Cambridge University. After a career in the travel industry, she became a writer focused particularly on Türkiye. She has been living in Türkiye for 25 years, for 18 of them in a cave-house in Göreme in Cappadocia and now in İstanbul. Following Miss Bell is her first narrative travel book.

Mark Jackson (Discussant)

Dr Mark Jackson is Professor of Byzantine Archaeology at Newcastle University and Honorary Secretary at the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA). He teaches and researches Late Roman and Byzantine Archaeology. At Newcastle University, Mark also has academic responsibility for the Gertrude Bell Photographic Archive, a UNESCO International Memory of the World which includes over 8000 images mostly taken by Gertrude Bell in the Ottoman Empire before World War I. He has been working recently with endangered archives and endangered material knowledge. He was Co-Director for the Byzantine for the Kilise Tepe Archaeological Project and has been involved in many other field projects sponsored by the BIAA over the past 30 years.