Bridget Allchin 1927-2017

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We are sorry to announce that our founding Trustee Dr. Bridget Allchin passed away on 27th June at Broadland View Care Home in Norwich peacefully after a short illness aged 90.

The funeral will be at the West Chapel in Cambridge Crematorium at 1.30 pm on Thursday 20th July 2017 followed by a reception at Wolfson College, Cambridge at 3 pm.

Her family have asked that no flowers should be sent, but donations for Alzheimer’s Research can be made c/o Gordon Barber Funeral Director, 2 St Williams Way, Norwich NR7 0AW.

We’ll be writing a full appreciation of Bridget’s life and contribution to the AIIT, but meanwhile do read Danika Parikh’s piece written in celebration of Bridget’s 90th birthday last February.

Image at head: Bridget receiving the Royal Asiatic Society Gold Medal in 2014

The History of Lahore and the Preservation of its Historic Buildings

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‘The History of Lahore and the Preservation of its Historic Buildings’ A Symposium to be held 13th and 14th October 2017 at Cambridge The Ancient India & Iran Trust, in association with the Centre of South Asian Studies (University of Cambridge), is holding a symposium in Cambridge on the history of Lahore and the preservation of its historic monuments, 13-14 October 2017. The presentations will cover a wide range of subjects, from the earliest history of Lahore and the walled city, via the glory of Mughal architecture, to the colonial …

AIIT Library – Basement Refurbishment, Summer 2017

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The AIIT library’s latest refurbishment project is the conversion of one of its basement rooms to provide further storage for collections. What is currently the boiler/laundry room will be the third basement room to be converted to allow space for new rolling stacks to be fitted.     The installation in 2015 of 30 bays for storage in a previously converted basement room provided an additional 180 linear metres of book space.  After the conversion of our boiler room (which will include a much needed upgrade to a more efficient system), …

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AIIT prizewinners at 3rd Biennial Conference of Symposia Iranica

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Symposia Iranica recently held its 3rd Biennial Conference at Pembroke College Cambridge on 11th and 12th April. Founded in 2012, Symposia Iranica has established a dedicated forum for postgraduates and early career scholars working on any aspect of Iranian studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. This year it included over 100 speakers from 23 countries. The Ancient India and Iran Trust was very pleased to support the project and contributed two prizes for the best presentations in the field of pre-Islamic Iranian studies. The choice was hard but …

Report on Manichaean Symposium at AIIT

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By Sam Lieu, AIIT Trustee A one-day symposium, ‘Mani in Cambridge’, was held on Saturday 25th March at the Ancient India and Iran Trust. The event was co-sponsored by the Trust, the International Association of Manichaean Studies and the Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum (with a small grant from the Union Académique Internationale). The study of the teaching of Mani (216-276 CE) and the history of his religion has been based on a series of remarkable textual discoveries made since the beginning of the 20th C in Central Asia (Turfan and Dunhuang), …