Alison Shan Price Founder of One World Actors Centre CIC (UK), Ms Alison Shan Price has lived in Kuwait for 35 years. In 2017, she was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for her services to the Dramatic Arts in Kuwait and the Middle East. This lecture is the fifth in the series entitled “The Middle East & Victoria’s Women” which discuss the extraordinary, early 20th Century, female explorers who devoted their lives to the people of the Near & Middle East. Gertrude Lowthian Bell
CBE: Honorary Director of Antiquities of the Iraq Museum. In the National Museum of Iraq there is a dedication in Arabic, which reads The Honorary Director of Antiquities for Iraq, with wonderful knowledge and devotion, she assembled the most precious objects and through the heat and summer worked on them till the day of her death on 12th July 1923.
Gertrude Lowthian Bell CBE was a Victorian trailblazer, first class honours graduate (Oxford University), archeologist, author and diplomat in WWI. She explored the Ottoman Empire on a camel with luggage and dinner service. In 1923, Gertrude Bell was appointed Iraq’s honorary Director of Antiquities at a time when international archeological expeditions were at a peak. Her determination to maintain the heritage of Iraq for its people earned her the Honorary title El Khatun.