AIIT Library’s New Bookstacks in the Basement

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Following a summer of building works, the library at the AIIT has a new basement book store, complete with new rolling bookstacks, providing over 120 linear metres of much needed archival storage space.  The conversion of our former laundry room into a purpose-built collections store also included the removal of our behemoth of a boiler and the installation of a new efficient heating system for the trust. We would like to thank our visitors over the summer and particularly our regular readers and visiting scholars for their patience and flexible …

AIIT Friday 10 November Lecture: Ursula Sims-Williams ‘Investigating the Library of Tipu Sultan of Mysore’

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This week’s lecture at 5.30pm on Friday November 10th at the AIIT: Ursula Sims-Williams (British Library) ‘Investigating the library of Tipu Sultan of Mysore’.  All welcome. Refreshments from 5pm. Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore from 1782 until his death at Seringapatam in 1799, remains one of the most charismatic figures of South Asian history. Simultaneously idolised and denigrated, this talk attempts a more nuanced interpretation by examining the contents of his library of which approximately 500 manuscripts form part of the Arabic and Persian collections at the British Library. Ursula …

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AIIT Lecture – Friday 3 November: Mark Elliott on curating ‘Another India’ exhibition at MAA, Cambridge

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This week’s lecture at 5.30pm on Friday November 3rd at the AIIT: Mark Elliott (MAA, Cambridge) ‘Curating Another India: object histories and contemporary voices’ All welcome. Refreshments from 5pm The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA) cares for rich and eclectic collections of artefacts and images from India and South Asia, which have been largely unresearched in recent decades. The results of archaeological excavation, ethnographic fieldwork, colonial administration, missionary expeditions, travel or military operations, what these collections have are important stories to tell about the people who made and used …

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Sam Lieu elected President of Union Académique Internationale

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Congratulations to AIIT Trustee Sam Lieu on being elected President of the International Union of Academies/ Union Académique Internationale (UAI) for the four year period 2017- 2021. Sam, Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney, has been a regular representative at the UAI for the Australian Academy of the Humanities. We hope his new responsibilities will not impact too seriously on his time at the Ancient India and Iran Trust!

Symposium Spotlights the History and Preservation of Lahore’s Monuments

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A two day symposium, ‘The History of Lahore and the Preservation of its Historic Buildings’, was held in Cambridge on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October; organised by the Ancient India & Iran Trust, in association with the Centre of South Asian Studies, with sessions hosted at the Lee Seng Tee Hall, Wolfson College and the Riley Auditorium, Clare College Memorial Court. Over 100 delegates enjoyed presentations ranging from the earliest history of Lahore and the walled city, via the glory of Mughal architecture, to the colonial period.  Two superb …