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Professor David Gill FRSA FSA

Director of Heritage Futures

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Professor David Gill FRSA FSA

Professor David Gill
Director of Heritage Futures and Professor of Archaeological Heritage

Tel: +44 (0)1473 338847

ORCID: 0000-0002-6970-3236
Kudos: 136568
ResearchGate: David_Gill18


Professor David Gill is Professor of Archaeological Heritage and Director of Heritage Futures at the University of Suffolk. He serves as the RSA Heritage Chamption for the Central Region.

David is a former Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome, and was a Sir James Knott Fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was previously a member of the Department of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, and Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology at Swansea University (where he was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and chair of the university's e-learning sub-committee). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He is the holder of the 2012 Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Outstanding Public Service Award, and the 2012 SAFE Beacon Award. He was a contributor to Paul G. Bahn's The History of Archaeology (Routledge, 2014) that was awarded Current Archaeology Book of the Year for 2015, and to Bahn's Archaeology: The Essential Guide to our Human Past (Smithsonian, 2017) that has been listed by the American Library Association (ALA) as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2017.

His research embraces cultural property, archaeological ethics, the history of collecting material culture, the history of archaeology, and heritage tourism. He is currently developing the Saxon Shore Project that includes a digital heritage tourism project funded by the Department for Transport. He was a contributing editor of the Dictionary of British Classicists with responsibility for classical archaeology. He has recently completed a biography of museum curator and archaeologist Dr Winifred Lamb, and is now working on a study of the nineteenth century collector and philanthropist Dr John Disney. He is a member of The Hold team, a joint project between Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk.

David is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He is a member of the New Anglia LEP Digital and Creative Industries Panel.


Recent publications include:

Winifred Lamb: Aegean Prehistorian and Museum Curator (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2018). 340 pp. ISBN 9781784918798.

'Returning Archaeological Objects to Italy.' International Journal of Cultural Property 25, 3 (2018): 283-321. [DOI]

‘The Ministry of Works and the development of souvenir guides from 1955.’ Public Archaeology 16 (2018): 1-23. [DOI]

‘The collection of John Disney, antiquarian and university benefactor’, in A. Khreisheh (ed.), With fresh eyes: conference proceedings Portsmouth 2013 and Colchester 2014 (The Museum Archaeologist, vol. 36) (Colchester: Society for Museum Archaeology, 2017), 68–79.

‘The market for ancient art’, in G. Moshenska (ed.), Key Concepts in Public Archaeology (London: UCL Press, 2017), 187–200. [UCL Press]

Edited by Steve Walton, Paul R. Trebilco, and David W. J. Gill. 2017. The Urban World and the First Christians. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017), ‘Early Christianity in its colonial contexts in the provinces of the eastern empire’, 68–85.

‘Brian Shefton: classical archaeologist’, in S. Crawford, K. Ulmschneider, and J. Elsner (eds.), Ark of civilization: refugee scholars and Oxford University, 1930–1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 151–60.

‘The Nostell Priory bolsal’, in J. Boardman, A. Parkin, and S. Waite (eds.), On the Fascination of Objects: Greek and Etruscan Art in the Shefton Collection (Oxford: Oxbow, 2016), 95-106.

‘Thinking about collecting histories: a response to Marlowe’. International Journal of Cultural Property 23 (2016) 237–44. [CUP]

(and Christos Tsirogiannis) ‘Polaroids from the Medici dossier: continued sightings on the market’, in N. Charney (ed.), Art Crime: Terrorists, Tomb Raiders, Forgers and Thieves (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 229-39.

‘Shefton, Brian Benjamin (1919–2012)’, in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). [ODNB]

‘The Classical world: antiquarian pursuits’, in P. G. Bahn (ed.), The History of Archaeology: an Introduction (London: Routledge, 2014), 57-72.

'Egyptian antiquities on the market' in The Management of Egypt's Cultural Heritage, edited by F. A. Hassan, G. J. Tassie, L. S. Owens, A. De Trafford, J. van Wetering, and O. El Daly, vol. 2 (London: ECHO and Golden House Publications, 2015), pp. 67-77

'The material and intellectual consequences of acquiring the Sarpedon krater' in All the King's Horses: Essays on the Impact of Looting and the Illicit Antiquities Trade on our Knowledge of the Past, edited by P.K. Lazrus and A.W. Barker (Washington DC: Society for American Archaeology, 2012), pp. 25-42

'From the Cam to the Cephissus: The Fitzwilliam Museum and Students of the British School at Athens', Journal of the History of Collections 24, 3 (2012) pp. 337-46 (Special number on Greece and Roman at the Fitzwilliam Museum) [Abstract and article]

Sifting the Soil of Greece: The Early Years of the British School at Athens (1886- 1919) (Bulletin of the Institute of Classics Studies, Supplement 111; London: Institute of Classical Studies, 2011), xiv + 474 pp.

(with Caroline Gill) 'H.M.S. Belvidera and the Temple of Minerva' , Notes and Queries 57, 2 (2010), pp. 199-210. [DOI]

(with Christopher Chippindale) 'South Italian pottery in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston acquired since 1983', Journal of Field Archaeology 33, 4 (2008), pp. 462-72. [DOI]

'Inscribed silver plate from Tomb II at Vergina: chronological implications|', Hesperia 77, 2 (2008), pp. 335-58. [JSTOR]

In press

Context Matters: Collating the Past (ARCA Press, 2019).

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Selected experience

Associate Dean
Swansea University
Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology
Swansea University
Museum Assistant in Research
University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum
Sir James Knott Fellow
Newcastle University
Rome Scholar
British School at Rome