Dr Helen Wickstead MCIfA FHEA


Helen Wickstead is Course Director of the MA Museum and Gallery Studies. She has worked as an archaeologist and museum professional in the UK, France, Czech Republic, Turkey and Sudan. She is Museum Mentor for the Society for Museum Archaeology and Member of the Finds Committee of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. She has a doctorate in Archaeology from University College London and has been elected to the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) at the highest corporate level.

Helen has written widely on prehistoric archaeology, histories of archaeology, the relationships between archaeology and visual art and the histories of obscene collections in museums. She has directed excavations at nationally important archaeological monuments, co-ordinated art residency programmes at Stonehenge, and developed temporary exhibitions on archaeological themes for a range of museums and galleries. Helen's publications include studies of secret museums, aerial archaeology, concrete megaliths and obscene books known as "Soho Bibles". She is currently researching how sexual antiquities have participated in shaping modern notions of sexuality and the museum developing on her Wellcome Trust funded research into prehistoric phalli in national and regional museum collections.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • M.A. Archaeology, University College London
  • PhD. Archaeology, University College London

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Research student supervision