The Bean Archive Team has comprised of three members in Cambridge, with the invaluable contribution of George's wife, Jane Bean. Great thanks are owed to Jane for her willingness to share stories from her travels with George, which have enriched these webpages.
The Archive Team
From the rediscovery of the suitcase, to its final form as the Bean Archive in 2015, the assembling of the large collection of photographs was a daunting task at times. However, this work became increasingly personal.
Dr Kate Beats, Research Associate, Museum of Classical Archaeology
"As Research Associate to the Bean Archive, I have been responsible for the transformation of 3,000 photographs in a suitcase to a fully accessible and searchable catalogue and website. This has involved the rehousing of the photographs into suitable archival materials and then deciding on the structure and content of the website. I have had the pleasure of deciding the part of the Archive to highlight on the website and to put together informative and engaging content for those wanting to know more about George and this resource."
Cliff Jenkinson, Museum Attendant, Museum of Classical Archaeology.
'It all began with a battered little old leather suitcase. At first sight, the idea of trying to make some kind of sense of the collection of hundreds of small photographs, documents and letters it contained was pretty daunting. I began by making a “site plan”, a rudimentary map of the suitcase and where each group of items fitted into it. This formed the basis for compiling the catalogue, so that the numbering system of the George Bean Archive perpetuates the way in which it was originally stored. My work was then to catalogue every item, including as much information as possible, which has involved installing a Turkish keyboard application to help write the modern Turkish place names correctly. The next phase was to scan all the items so that they can be accessible on-line. There are 3098 of them. Finally we had to make sure the originals were securely archived.
'One of the highlights for me was almost the last item I came across, an obituary by one of George Bean’s former pupils at the time when he taught at St Paul’s School in the 1930s, describing his approach down the school corridor with "The grave and enormous strides of a frame shaped like an outsize robot, begowned and apparently carrying a toy brown attaché case..." As I read this I realised that for me the George Bean archive was ending exactly where it had begun.'
Georgina Doji, Computer Associate, Fitzwilliam Museum