Open House at AIIT for Open Cambridge 2017

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Last Saturday afternoon, the Ancient India and Iran Trust opened up its library and collections to all, as part of Open Cambridge 2017. This was the first time the trust had taken part in the festival, now in its tenth

Visitors to the trust’s Open House talking to Assistant Librarian, Jo Salisbury. Photo credit: U. Sims-Williams.

year, which saw many of Cambridge University’s colleges and institutions, and 20 other partner organisations around the city taking part in a weekend of over 97 events.  From architectural projects, old and new, to outstanding exhibitions and guided walks and talks, the festival offered access to many places and projects not usually open to the public.

The Open House was a great success with over 50 visitors, most of whom had never visited the trust before.

Postcards from the Cyrus Mehta collection. Photo credit: U. Sims-Williams.

Many showed an interest not only in the history of the trust and its collections but also in future lectures and the Friends of the Trust. A selection of books and items were exhibited, highlighting the diversity of the collections, with special emphasis on works and objects from collections featuring the Indian subcontinent: a key feature of the festival being the University’s ‘India Unboxed’ season – a series of exhibitions and events celebrating the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 and the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.

‘Temple band – Kulu Valley’ – B&W image B34, Betjeman (Chetwode) Collection, AIIT.

AIIT: Michaelmas Term 2017 Lecture Programme

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Lectures begin at 5.30pm. Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome 20 October: Julius Lipner (University of Cambridge), this lecture forms part of Cambridge University’s Festival of Ideas: Hinduism and the elusiveness of Truth: the quest for integrity. This talk is now FULLY BOOKED on the Festival of Ideas website 23 October: Cameron Petrie (University of Cambridge), part of the Festival of Ideas: Climate change and collapse: a (not so) simple story of the relationship between climate and the decline of South Asia’s Indus Civilisation Please note this talk is held in …

August Bank Holiday

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*****A reminder that the Ancient India and Iran Trust and library will be closed next Monday 28th August for the Bank Holiday.  Open again as usual on Tuesday 29th August at 9am*****

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 …

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 …