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:

AIIT: Lent Term 2018 Lecture Programme

Robert Ker Porter: The tomb of Cyrus (British Library Add MS 14758, f. 57) Public domain

Lectures begin at 5.30pm. Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome

  • 19 January: Emily Hannam (Royal Collection): Georges, Nawabs and Nabobs: the British monarchs and India in the 18th century
  • 2 February: Almut Hintze (SOAS): The Multi-Media Yasna: recent research in Mumbai
  • 23 February: Christopher Wright (British Library): Robert Ker Porter’s travels in Georgia, Persia, Armenia and Mesopotamia 1817-1820
  • 9 March: James Crowden (author): Soldier, spy, archaeologist and academic: the story of Professor K de B Codrington (1899-1986)
    This is a special event for Friends of the Trust (Advance booking required): email info@indiran.org or tel. 01223 356841

Unless otherwise indicated, lectures are held at:

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

If you wish to attend the Friends’ event on 9th March, or would like to become a Friend, please download our application form or contact the Administrator on info@indiran.org, tel. 01223 356841


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. 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 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 – no advance booking required
  • 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
    This is a special event for Friends of the Trust (Advance booking required): email info@indiran.org or tel. 01223 356841
  • 13 December: HW Bailey Memorial Lecture: Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford): Sir Harold Bailey and the content of Indian, Iranian and Asian Studies.  Please note this talk is to be held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3ER at 5pm.

Unless otherwise indicated, 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