What’s On

What’s On at the AIIT

We hold regular public lectures at 5pm on Friday evenings during University term in addition to special events, conferences, workshops and occasional exhibitions. We also have an active Friends group. As part of the ‘family’, Friends are invited to our traditional Summer Garden Party and other social functions, and are always welcome to visit the Trust.

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Future events:

The History of Lahore and the Preservation of its Historic Buildings

Stereoscopic photograph of a view from a courtyard of the Chandra Mahal in Jaipur in Rajasthan, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903 (British Library Photo 181/(88)). Public domain

‘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 period. Keynote lectures will be given by Prof Robin Coningham, Durham University: ‘Lahore’s Rich Architectural Monuments and their Current Threats’ and Fakir Syed Aijazuddin, author and researcher: ‘Lahore: Past, Present and Future’.

This will be a two-day symposium, and it is hoped that delegates will stay for both days. Sessions will take place at the Lee Seng Tee Hall, Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB and the Riley Auditorium, Clare College Memorial Court. If you would like to attend, please reserve your place by completing the registration form and sending it as an attachment to conference@indiran.org or by mail to the Conference Administrator, Ancient India & Iran Trust, 23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BG

Provisional Programme

Registration form

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The Conference organisers are grateful for support from The Bestway Foundation, Kirsten Rausing, The Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre, The Pakistan Society and the Thriplow Charitable Trust

Conference organisers:
Nicholas Barrington, Trustee AIIT
Abdul Majid Sheikh, Wolfson College, Cambridge

Image: A picture showing the Lahore Fort and Hazuri Bagh Pavilion in 1870


AIIT: Michaelmas Term 2017 Lecture Programme

A king holds court, from Tipu Sultan's library, 18th century (British Library IO Islamic 1255, f. 7r)

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. Bookings for the Festival of Ideas will open on Monday 25 September at 11am, when a link to the FoI booking system will be made available.
  • 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 conjunction with the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and will take place at 5pm at the Institute, Downing Street, CB2 3ER on a Monday rather than the usual Friday.
  • 3 November: Mark Elliott (University of Cambridge): Curating another India: object histories and contemporary voices
  • 10 November: Ursula Sims-Williams (British Library): Investigating the library of Tipu Sultan of Mysore
  • 17 November: Afternoon guided tour of Another India: Exploration and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology with exhibition curator Mark Elliott
    Special event for Friends of the Trust (Advance booking required)
  • 13 December: HW Bailey Memorial Lecture: Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford): title and details to be confirmed

Lectures are held at:

  • Ancient India & Iran Trust
    23 Brooklands Avenue
    Cambridge CB2 8BG

If you wish to attend the Friends’ event on 17th November, or would like to become a Friend, please download our application form or contact the Administrator on info@indiran.org, tel. 01223 356841