Professor Katherine Harloe will deliver this year’s Jane Harrison Memorial Lecture

Professor Katherine Harloe FSA FRHistS, Professor of Classics and Intellectual History in the University of London and Director of the Institute of Classical Studies will be delivering this year’s memorial lecture, ‘Beyond Jane Harrison: Re-evaluating Women’s Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage 1870 – 1950.’

The story of women in archaeology is often narrated as a history of exceptional individuals, with pioneers such as Jane Harrison in the vanguard. The contributions of many other women to scholarship, as well as to the broader landscape of British intellectual and cultural life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, remain forgotten. In this lecture Katherine Harloe will discuss the work of the Beyond Notability project, a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Studies, the University of Southampton, and the Society of Antiquaries of London that is transforming understandings of women’s archaeology, history and heritage work in Britain through investigating and linking archives. Beyond Notability brings together expertise in archaeology, classics, intellectual and social history, and digital humanities to move the history of women in archaeology beyond a few ‘pioneering’ individuals to create a fuller and more inclusive understanding of the past.

The event will be held in the Cynthia Beerbower Room at Newnham College on Friday 28 April 2023 at 5.30pm. No booking is required and the event is free to attend.

The Jane Harrison Memorial Lecture has been hosted by Newnham since 1928. It was created to honour the memory of Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928) who studied and lectured in Classics at the college, and was renowned for her public lectures on Greek art and for her unconventional and outspoken views. She wrote on a variety of subjects, from the Russian language and literature to women’s suffrage and herself.