Ben was the Archivist’s Assistant at Magdalen from October 2013 until December 2019. He graduated from Cambridge University in 2002 with a B.A. (1st class) in Russian and Latin, after which he worked as a TV researcher, political analyst of the former Soviet Union, and freelance translator. In 2012, he decided to retrain as an archivist, and was awarded a Diploma with Merit in Archive Administration by the University of Aberystwyth in 2018.
In January 2020 Ben began a 12-month project to catalogue the papers of David George Hogarth (1862-1927), a long-serving Fellow of Magdalen College who was a friend and early mentor of Lawrence of Arabia. Hogarth enjoyed a varied career as an archaeologist, intelligence officer, and Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum.
Ben works at Magdalen on Thursdays and Fridays only.