Ancient Civilisations Week at BMAG

Ancient Civilisations Week will be brought back to life around Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery between Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th of November. Discover a wealth of artefacts from our collection that have helped shape our knowledge of people that lived thousands of years ago in the very earliest cities and societies.

On Saturday 18th November, between 12noon and 3pm, there will be two talks and a film screening – see details below:

Saturday 18th November, 12-12.30pm
Gas Hall Meeting Room
‘Jewels, Graves and Scholars: Illustrating the Royal Tombs of Ur’

Join Helene Maloigne for a fascinating talk as part of Ancient Civilisations Week . The Royal Tombs of the ancient city of Ur (southern Iraq) produced some of the most visually and technically striking objects of archaeological discovery. Comparable to the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Sir Leonard Woolley’s excavations (1922 –1934) not only added significantly to our knowledge of ancient Mesopotamia but captivated all levels of interwar society with their evocation of Biblical Ur of the Chaldees.

While the objects from the Royal Tombs are now in the National Museum of Iraq, the British Museum and the Penn Museum (Philadelphia) the original drawings from the excavation by the American illustrator Marie-Louise Baker were donated to Birmingham Museums by Sir Leonard in the 1950s.

This talk will explore the history of the excavation, archaeological illustration and how Woolley used the images in his scholarly and popular publications. Click here for more information on the BMAG website.

Saturday 18th November, 1-3pm
Gas Hall Meeting Room
‘Talk & Film Screening: Letters from Baghdad’

As part of Ancient Civilisations Week, BMAG pleased to be screening ‘Letters from Baghdad’ with a 20 minute introduction talk by Dr Zena Kamash.

‘Letters from Baghdad’ is a documentary about Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day who shaped the destiny of Iraq after WWI in ways that still reverberate today. Click here for more information on the BMAG website.

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