SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Telling Stories in Basrah: a New Museum for Iraq

Paul Collins, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Date: 19 April 2018Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 19 April 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square Room: MBI Al Jaber Seminar Room

Type of Event: Lecture

The Friends of Basrah Museum will be introduced by Mrs Joan Porter MacIver, CPF Grant UK Project Co-ordinator.

With the support of the London based charity, Friends of Basrah Museum, and a major grant from the Cultural Protection Fund, a former palace of Saddam Hussein has been restored as the new Basrah Museum. After 8 years of work, the first of three gallery spaces was officially opened in September 2016. This lecture will explore the on-going work at the Museum and how the institution will play a significant role in helping to foster sustainable development of antiquity, cultural heritage and the humanities in the post-conflict Middle East.

Paul Collins is Jaleh Hearn Curator of the Ancient Near East in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, and voluntary Chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI). He has worked previously as a curator in the Middle East Department of the British Museum and the Ancient Near Eastern Art Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Organiser: MBI Al Jaber Foundation, BISI and the Friends of Basrah Museum

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