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Article and Journal Publications by date of publication

2023: with Gunning, L Patrizio, 'The Plunder of Maqdala: Ethical Concerns Around Belongings and Ancestral Remains in Museums', Museum International.

2023: The Ghosts of Mary Ann Severn Newton: grief, an imagined life and (auto)biography’, Gabriel Moshenska and Claire Lewis (eds), Life Writing in the History of Archaeology: Critical Approaches, London: UCL Press

2023: with Gunning, L. Patrizio,  Planned Plunder, the British Museum, and the 1868 Maqdala Expedition. The Historical Journal, 1-23. doi:10.1017/S0018246X2200036X

2021: ‘Back to Back: Babies, Bodies, Boxes’ in Carruthers, W. 2021. Special Issue: Inequality and Race in the Histories of Archaeology. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, X(X): X, pp. 1–19. DOI:

2021: With Daniel Payne, ‘Giving Peace a Chance: Archives engagement at LSE Library’, Andrew H. W. Smith (ed.), Paper Trails. The social life of archives and collections, UCL Press

2021: With Subhadra Das 'Information and Eugenics. Francis Galton', in Meyns, C. (Ed.). (2021). Information and the History of Philosophy (1st ed.). Routledge. 281-297:

2021: ‘Acting on Destructive knowledge’ The Lancet Psychiatry, October DOI: 

2020: ‘Autonomy In and Through the Body’, Exhibition Catalogue Unfinished Business. The Fight for Women’s Rights, British Library

2020: ‘Insight: Book Review -Tracing Faded Rainbows’, The Lancet Psychiatry, October, DOI:

2020: ‘Insight: Exhibition – Pregnancy on Show’, The Lancet Psychiatry, April, DOI: 

2019: ‘Seeing Race in Biblical Egypt: Edwin Longsden Long’s Anno Domini (1883) and A. H. Sayce’s The Races of the Old Testament (1891)’, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 28(1). doi:

2016: ‘Momento Mori: Grief, Remembering and Living’, The Lancet Psychiatry, March 2016: 

2016. Skull Triangles: Flinders Petrie, Race Theory and Biometrics.  Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 26(1), p.Art. 5. DOI: 

2016: ‘Archaeology: The Fabulous Fact and Fantasy Behind Indiana Jones’, Programme for Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Royal Albert Hall, March 2016.

2015: ‘The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology’, co-authored with Dr Alice Stephenson, British Archaeology, November / December 2015: 46-51.

2015: ‘Introduction’, co-authored with Dr. Alice Stephenson, Petrie Museum of Archaeology: Characters & Collections, London: UCL Press, 11-23 and several catalogue entries. Available online.

2015, 'Queering Display: LGBT History and the Ancient World', Rebecca Langlands and Kate Fischer (eds). Sex, Knowledge, and Receptions of the Past, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2014, 'What's in a Face? Mummy Portrait Panels and Identity in Museum Display', William Carruthers (ed.) Histories of Egyptology: Interdisciplinary Measures, Routledge, Taylor and Francis. 

2014   'The “Speculative Phase” of Archaeology', Claire Smith (Editor in Chief) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer Science and Business Media, 6980-6990. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_997

2013 Co-author with Sara Perry (2013) 'Flinders Petrie and the Curation of Heads', Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Vol. 38, No. 3, September 2013: 275-289.

2013: ‘The Archaeology of Race: The Eugenic Ideas of Francis Galton and Flinders Petrie’, Minerva, 7 (3): 17–23.​​​

2013 'Creating Typecasts: exhibiting eugenic ideas from the past today', Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, Vol. 28, No. 1: 15-33.

2012 'Creating Voices: Ancient to Modern at the Petrie Museum', Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1: 35-38.

2012 'Fashioning Archaeology into Art: Greek Sculpture, Dress Reform and Health in the 1880s', Journal of Literature and Science, Volume 5 No. 1, 53-69.

2011 'Viewpoints: SF Egypt at the Petrie Museum', Foundation. The International Review of Science Fiction, 110, Winter 2011: 6-18.

2011 'The Race for a Healthy Body: The Ancient Greek Physical Ideal in Victorian London', Barbara Goff & Michael Simpson (eds.),Thinking the Olympics. The Classical Tradition and the Modern Games, Bloomsbury: 141-155.

2010 ‘The Ablest Race: Ancient Greek Art and Victorian Racial Theory’, Mark Bradley (ed.) Classics & Imperialism in the British Empire, Oxford University Press: 94-120

2009 ‘Charles Newton and the British Museum: Articulating a Science of Ancient Art in the Nineteenth Century’, Carol Adlam & Juliet Simpson (eds.), Critical Exchange. Art Criticism of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries in Russia and Western Europe, Peter Lang: 153-166.

2009  '“The duty of truth”: the friendship and influence between John Ruskin and Charles Newton', Ruskin Review and Bulletin, April / May 2009, Ruskin Centre, Lancaster: 5-15.

2008 ‘Modern to Ancient: Greece at the Great Exhibition and the Crystal Palace’, Peter H. Hoffenberg and Jeffrey Auerbach (eds.), Great Britain, the British Empire and the World at the Great Exhibition, Ashgate: 173-190.

2006 ‘The Parthenon Sculptures: Emblems of British National Identity’, British Art Journal VII.1: 33-39

Session in Progress



Is archaeology founded on prejudice? It explores the application of racial theory to interpret the past in Britain during the late Victorian and Edwardian period. It investigates how material culture from ancient Egypt and Greece was used to validate the construction of racial hierarchies. Specifically focusing on Francis Galton's ideas around inheritance and race, it explores how the Egyptologist Flinders Petrie applied these in his work in Egypt and in his political beliefs. 
Archaeology of Race draws on archives and objects from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Galton collection at UCL. These collections are used to explore anti-Semitism, skull collecting, New Race theory and physiognomy. These collections give insight into the relationship between Galton and Petrie and place their ideas in historical context. 

Download the Introduction here.

Taking Notes



From the Harpy Tomb explores the fascinating stories behind the collection of antiquities from the Ottoman Empire between 1840 and 1880. The men who led these collecting expeditions published journals detailing their adventures as well as their archaeological labours, and this did much to feed Victorian interest in archaeology and the Orient. 

It was not easy to remove the often monumental, heavy, yet precious and fragile antiquities from the excavations in Lycia, Halicarnassus, Carthage, Cyrene and Ephesus where they were found, the task requiring all the technical innovation and brilliance of the period, as well as diplomatic and military support. The book concentrates on the invention of the modern idea of the adventuring archaeologist, the personal stories of the archaeologists, their feelings about the antiquities they discovered and the lands in which they discovered them. 

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Planning Meeting


A portrait of Queen Victoria’s baby. Statistics on the fertility of educated women. Tokens left at the Foundling Hospital. Sunken headstones in a suburban cemetery. Tiny 4,000 year-old beads. A hippo amulet. The bones of a newly born child… 
These are some of the things in My Baby Box, a memoir about my double loss. The loss after a diagnosis of infertility and the loss after the death of my unexpected baby.
It is also about my double love. The love found through adopting a child and then having a second baby who lived. It is about trying to become a mother through fertility treatment, approval from committees, getting to full-term pregnancy and giving birth safely, as well as what I have learnt about the historical context of what I went through. It is my account of trying to become a mother in early twenty-first century Britain and how I came to understand what happened to me through the things belonging to those who had been there before me, whether in Victorian Wigan or Ancient Egypt.

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