Dr Beth Hodgett

Research summary

Beth Hodgett is Project Researcher on the Making the Museum project at the PRM.

Beth was formerly an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Award student at Birbeck, University of London and Pitt Rivers Museum. Beth’s doctoral research investigated the photographic archive of archaeologist O.G.S. Crawford (1886–1957). Crawford was a prolific photographer; approximately 9,600 of his photographs are housed at Oxford's Institute of Archaeology. Due to the wide-ranging nature of Crawford’s subject matter, Beth’s research took an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on photographic and material culture theory, as well as insights from archaeology and anthropology to investigate how knowledge of landscape and architecture is produced through photographic and archival practices.

Beth has a BA in Theology, and an MSc in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology from the University of Oxford. She also has interests in fine art, photography and art history. Beth has completed several voluntary placements at the Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury, and in the photographic collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum. In 2015, she completed a year-long internship at the Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities and Social Research, during which she co-organised a graduate conference. Her research on Francesco del Cairo’s Martyrdom of St Agnes has been published in the University of Leiden’s LUCAS Journal.


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