Islam, Trade and Politics across the Indian Ocean

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  We are very proud and excited to be hosting a beautiful travelling photographic exhibition, on loan from the British Library, Islam, Trade and Politics across the Indian Ocean. The exhibition runs from 7th-21st November 2012 and is open from 9-1, Monday-Thursday; 9.30-1.30 Friday. Afternoon visits by appointment only (please contact the Librarian on 01223 702095, or to arrange). Website for the project: Islam, Trade and Politics Across the Indian Ocean is a research project funded by the British Academy over the period 2009–2012 and administered by the Association of South-East …

‘From the Oxus to Mysore in 1951’ by Raymond and Bridget Allchin

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12th October 2012 saw the publication of From the Oxus to Mysore in 1951: The Start of a Great Partnership in Indian Scholarship, the much-awaited memoirs of a year in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, by Raymond and Bridget Allchin. Raymond and Bridget Allchin are legendary figures in the field of South Asian Archaeology. They led – as Sir Nicholas Barrington says in his introduction – ‘busy lives’, in the UK and made frequent archaeological trips to South Asia, weaving a partnership of overlapping areas of knowledge and skills. The story they …

Michaelmas Term Lectures

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24 October **FESTIVAL OF IDEAS EVENT** Professor Almut HINTZE A Zoroastrian Vision PLEASE NOTE: FULLY BOOKED 2 November Professor Eijiro DOYAMA (Osaka) The unusual birth of the hero in ancient Indian mythologyUnusual or miraculous birth and growth are characteristic of heroes in a number of myths all over the world. It is typically associated with motifs such as an unusual conception (not by a human father and mother etc.), the unusual length of the period of pregnancy, an unusual delivery (not from the usual birth canal; in an egg etc.), …

Trust Garden Party 2012

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This year’s Garden Party at the Trust occupied a couple of hours of pleasing not-rain, in an otherwise very wet June! We enjoyed strawberries and cream, with a welcome glass of fizzy wine. The sun shone, children played happily, and a wind octet graced the breeze with beautiful music. More pictures, courtesy of Paula Allchin, can be viewed in our Gallery pages.

Professor Howard Wilson Photographic Archive Online

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The Ancient India and Iran Trust is delighted to announce that the Sri Lankan Photographic Archive of Professor Howard Wilson is now live on the Trust’s website.  The archive has been kindly donated to the Trust and digitised by Mrs Marti Wilson and can be accessed by  following the links from the Home page at to the  ‘Photo Archives’ page and the ‘Howard Wilson Collection’, or clicking on the link below.