Dr Beth Hodgett

Research summary

Beth Hodgett is Project Researcher on the Making the Museum project at the Pitt Rivers Museum, the first major research project in an ethnographic museum to investigate maker identities and agencies across a museum's collection. Beth has trained in archaeology and anthropology and works across both disciplines, using methodological approaches and theoretical insights from each discipline to interrogate museum and archival collections. Their PhD research (based between Birkbeck, University of London and the Pitt Rivers Museum) explored the photographic archive of the early twentieth century archaeologist O.G.S. Crawford, and reflects Beth’s broader research interests in photography and visual culture. The final thesis was titled ‘Life in Photographs: Archaeology, Assemblage and Temporality in the Archive of O.G.S. Crawford’. Beth also holds an MSc in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology (University of Oxford) and a BA in Theology (University of Oxford).


Hodgett, B., 2019. ‘Rear elevation’ and other stories: re-excavating presence in OGS Crawford's photographs of the 1939 Sutton Hoo excavation. Antiquity93 (370).

Hodgett, B., 2017. Mysticism, Martyrdom, and Ecstasy: The Body as Boundary in The Martyrdom of St Agnes. In Breaking the Rules: Artistic Expressions of Transgression, Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference (Leiden), 2017/05, 48-62. https://hdl.handle.net/1887/45198