Dr Helen McGauran


Helen is an experienced, delivery-focused researcher, archaeologist, curator and cultural heritage professional, with specialist knowledge of international capital projects, cultural consultancy and stakeholder engagement. She has particular experience in people and project management developing and maintaining key collaborative relationships with partners, and representing institutions on a number of levels.

Helen has a strong background in academic research, with a focus on analytical methodologies. Her research specialism is the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, and particularly of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. She has also worked as a field archaeologist in both research and developer-driven archaeology as well as working as an archaeological illustrator. Throughout her career, she has worked on sites and with museums and other institutions in the UK, Cyprus, Denmark, Bahrain and the UAE.

Before joining KCA, Helen was at the British Museum, where she worked as Senior Project Curator for the Zayed National Museum project, providing specialist support to an Emirati client team in the development of a new national museum in Abu Dhabi. In that role she led a team of Project Curators across all curatorial aspects of the project, from content research and development, development of policies and practices, and acquisitions and collections development. She was responsible for ensuring the quality and academic integrity of curatorial output on the project, and for liaising with the client team on decision-making regarding the strategic development of galleries and related facilities across the museum.

At KCA, Helen works with a focus on heritage and interpretation, working on projects that include a landmark new destination in the Middle East.