Upcoming Events

Remember Baghdad Film Screening

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -
18:15 to 21:00
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Remember Baghdad

Iraq's last Jews tell the story of their country

directed by Fiona Murphy 


Sponsored by Dangoor Education 



On the hundredth anniversary of the British invasion in 1917, Remember Baghdad is the untold story of Iraq, an unmissable insight into how the country developed from a completely new perspective - through the eyes of the Jews who lived there for 2,600 years until only a generation ago. With vivid home movies and archive news footage, eight characters tell their remarkable stories, of fun that was had, and the fear that followed as Iraq laid foundations for decades of unrest. Amid the country's instability today the film follows one Iraqi Jew on a journey home, back to Baghdad. 

The story begins in a happy period for the Jews. In 1917 a third of the citizens of Baghdad are Jewish. The descendants of the scholars who wrote the Babylonian Talmud are now westernizing fast. In 1947 the first Miss Baghdad is Jewish. Jews are parliamentarians. They attend fancy parties and picnics on the Tigris with the elite. 

But after the creation of Israel, they are no longer safe. A mass exodus takes place, though many thousands stay behind, loyal to the country they love. Finally, after 1967, Saddam Hussein mobilises a mass movement against them and they must flee. 

The film's characters tell their story with poignant regret and clarity. 

You can view the trailer here.

All proceeds will support our highly successful BISI Visiting Iraqi Scholars Programme that fosters scholarly exchange between Iraq and the rest of the world. For more information contact the Administrator on email: bisi@britac.ac.uk or tel.: +44 (0)20 7969 5274

Ticket costs: £5 Students; £10 BISI Member and £15 Non-Members

Tickets to this special screening can be purchased here

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Director and David Dangoor. A reception will follow. 

We are grateful to Dangoor Education for supporting the screening event and the Visiting Iraqi Scholar's Programme and to Dartmouth Films for assistance with the screening. 



A Museum in Baghdad: The Story of the Iraq Museum in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 -
18:00 to 21:00
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH, UK

Based on her own research in the archives of the Iraq Museum Dr Lamia al-Gailani Werr explores the story of the Museum, how it was established, the directors who made it one of the best Museums in the Middle East; the role it played in shaping the identity of Iraq; and its part in the world-famous archaeological discoveries at sites such as Ur, Kish, Warka as well as excavations in the Diyala region. 

Dr Lamia al-Gailani Werr is an Iraqi archaeologist living in London and an Honorary Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies; in 2009 she was awarded the Gertrude Bell Memorial Gold Medal by BISI for her outstanding services to Mesopotamian archaeology. Dr al-Gailani worked in the Iraq Museum in the 1960s, and returned to Baghdad in 2003-04 after the looting of the Museum to assist Iraqi colleagues. She is an expert on Seals and has published a book and many articles on the subject. 



Available Seats: 
This event is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact bisi@britac.ac.uk