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Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

The Iran-Iraq War as Iraqi Heritage

Taking a modern conflict approach, this talk will explore the material remains of the war, their interaction with more ancient heritage sites, and the potential significance of conflict heritage in…



Professor Sami Zubaida on 'Reflections on Culinary Iraq'

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Reflections on Culinary Iraq

Childhood and boyhood memoir of growing up in a Jewish household in Baghdad in the 1940s and early 50s, with particular reference to food and drink.



Rethinking Mesopotamia in Oxford

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Rethinking Mesopotamia in Oxford

The chance to refurbish the Ancient Near East gallery at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has offered opportunities to rethink what stories are told and also who tells them.



Najaf Sea Palaeoshorelines, Western Iraq

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Najaf Sea Palaeoshorelines in Western Iraq

This talk presents the context and importance of the Najaf Sea; shell and heavy mineral analyses and optically-stimulated luminescence dating results.



The Basrah Museum

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Origins of The New Basrah Museum

Held in memory of the late Dr Lamia Al-Gailani-Werr (1938-2019), a founding FOBM Trustee and BISI Honorary member and advisor, who played a pivotal role in the establishment and success…



Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Assyria and the West: Archaeologists, Diplomats and Adventurers

Dr Gareth Brereton on Assyria and the West: archaeologists, diplomats and adventurers in 19th century Mosul.



Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Ancient Assyrian Art: Power, Beauty, and Magic

Assyrian palace art is some of the most striking imagery to survive from anywhere in the ancient world. These monumental carvings are powerfully effective, aesthetic masterpieces of an exquisitely detailed…



Annual Mallowan Lecture

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 6:15 pm-8:00 pm

Annual Mallowan Lecture

This talk is retrospective, reporting on what has happened to the site and its antiquities since 1990, and what might happen in future.



Basrah Museum

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Basrah Museum Reception

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq and the Friends of Basrah Museum had great pleasure in organising a reception celebrating the completion of the new Basrah Museum.