Archaeological Lives

Winifred Lamb: Aegean Prehistorian and Museum Curator

By David W. J. Gill

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The first comprehensive biography of pioneering archaeologist and museum curator Winnifred Lamb, who was honorary keeper of Greek antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in the four decades immediately following the First World War.



Introduction ;
Chapter 1: The Lamb Family and Early Years ;
Chapter 2: Cambridge and Classics ;
Chapter 3: The Hope Vases and Naval Intelligence ;
Chapter 4: The First Year in Athens (1920–21) ;
Chapter 5: Prehistory and the Fitzwilliam Museum ;
Chapter 6: Mycenae, Sparta and Macedonia ;
Chapter 7: The Fitzwilliam Museum: Developing the Classical Collections ;
Chapter 8: The Eastern Aegean: Lesbos and Chios ;
Chapter 9: Anatolia and Kusura ;
Chapter 10: The War Years ;
Chapter 11: The British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara ;
Bibliography ;

About the Author

David Gill is Professor of Archaeological Heritage at the University of Suffolk and Visiting Research Fellow in the School of History at the University of East Anglia. He is a former Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome, and Sir James Knott Fellow at Newcastle University. He was responsible for the Greek and Roman collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, before moving to Swansea University as Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology. In 2012 he received the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Archaeological Institute of America for his research on cultural property.


'Gill has produced a solid biography about one of the most important women in the history of British archaeology in Greece and Turkey during the first half of the 20th century. [The book is] destined to become a reference work for anyone studying the development of Classical studies at one of England’s premier universities or the history of British archaeology in the eastern Mediterranean.' - Natalia Vogeikoff Brogan (2019): Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'Gill’s well-researched biography is an important contribution highlighting the important role played by individuals of influence, such as Winifred Lamb, and of the British institutions that they were connected to in the development of the disciplines of classical studies and archaeology (in this case, The Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge University). [The book highlights] the accomplishments of one of archaeology’s great, but rather obscure protagonists, while at the same time reminding us of how far our discipline has progressed within the last two centuries, and how we, in the present, are paving the way for more changes to come.' - Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory (2022): Journal of Greek Archaeology