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The Bean Archive charts the travels of George E. Bean, beginning in around 1935 up until the end of the 1970s, particularly in Turkey. George traveled as a school teacher, epigraphist and topographer, a writer and a tourist. His fluency in Turkish helped to create invaluable friendships with local people and enabled him to teach Greek at Istanbul University.

George was immediately striking at 6ft 5inches in height, contrasting with his softly spoken manner. The Bean Archive is a tribute to this gentle giant, with much owed to George's widow, Jane. Jane's reminisces enrich the text of these pages and bring to the fore the personality hidden behind the camera.

In the Life and Times of George Bean, you can read more about George's achievements. In Tales of George, his wife, Jane, gives a personal view of the man himself.

 

a decorative entranceway filled up as a wallGateway, Ceramus 1946-56 (A26.13)

 

 

 

 

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

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Extended Opening Announcement

From Tuesday 5 October, we will:

  • No longer require visitors to book tickets
  • Extend opening hours to 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday
  • Remove our one way system
  • Welcome group bookings again

 

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Tues-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 2-5pm (univ. term-time only)
Sun and Monday: Closed

Closed on Bank Holidays

 

Saturday Opening

We are currently open on Saturdays until Saturday 27 November 2021.

Please note: We are only open on Saturdays during University of Cambridge term time.

 

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Museum of Classical Archaeology
Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA

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