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Dr Abigail Baker
BA Camb, MA Leic, PhD Lond


Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Facilitating Access to Latin Inscriptions), Faculty of Classics


Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies


Dr Abigail Baker


Abigail is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions project. She holds degrees in Classics, Museum Studies and Classical Archaeology. She has worked on curation and research projects at the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge. After completing a PhD at Birkbeck, she managed the curation project at the British School at Athens Stratigraphical Museum at Knossos. In her current role she works to make the Ashmolean Latin inscriptions accessible through an online database and to target outreach to a range of audiences.

Research Keywords:

Classical Reception, Museum Studies, Archaeology

Research Interests:

Abigail's research focuses on the reception of classical archaeology and texts in museums. She works both on the history of museums and on contemporary museum practice. Her PhD was on the role of ancient texts in museums and the different dimensions of knowledge they add to archaeological collections. She is currently working on the notion of "Homeric" archaeology in British museums and the impact of museum interpretation that uses ancient written sources.

Selected Publications:

' ''Everything good we stood for'': Exhibiting Greek art in World War II', Classical Receptions Journal, (2016).

''The Ithaca Jewel: an authentic fake'', Journal of the History of Collections, (2016).