The British Institute for the Study of Iraq
(Gertrude Bell Memorial)
- Established 1932 -
Statement from the BISI Council 9 March 2015
The British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) greatly regrets the appalling damage that has been done to statues and reliefs in the Mosul Museum, to Assyrian gateway figures at Nineveh, and to the ancient sites of Nimrud and Hatra. This is a cultural disaster of the greatest magnitude, and BISI urges the international community including UN and UNESCO to give all possible assistance to the government of Iraq in its struggle to protect the unique and irreplaceable heritage of Iraq.
Help BISI to restore Iraqi cultural heritage
At BISI we run a scholarship programme to support and retrain Iraqi scholars and cultural heritage experts. In the challenging situations Iraq is currently facing this work is more important than ever. You can get involved by donating to help to continue the programme in future years.