The Gertrude Bell Archive

Documentary heritage submitted by United Kingdom and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

© Newcastle University, Baghdad the lower bridge [View of bridge of boats with people, and city from across the water], March 1911, Baghdad - Iraq, Album Q 1911 - Iraq, Iran

The archive dating from the late 19th and early 20th century preserves numerous examples of people and places across the world now dramatically changed: many deliberately destroyed by population transfer, ethnic cleansing and wars. Gertrude Bell had worked in the British administration of Iraq, and her personal perspective on the transitional period, from the countries in Europe and in the Ottoman Empire before World War I until 1926 is captured in this collection.

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