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Cradle of civilisation: the story of Iraq

Online event / Members' conference / Members' exclusive / 22 Jan 2022


Event information

22 Jan 2022


Online event


  • £35 (Members)


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Due to issues with speaker availability, the sold out Members' conference Cradle of civilisation: the story of Iraq is postponed. 

We are in the process of arranging a new date and will update you with this as soon as we can. If you have any queries please contact friends@britishmuseum.org. 


Explore the archaeology, history, culture and art of Iraq – the birthplace of civilisation – from ancient times to the present day.

Members are invited to join us at the Museum for this exclusive day-long conference, featuring a series of talks by leading experts from the Department of the Middle East.

Booking information

  • Please note this is a live online broadcast of the sold-out conference streamed via Zoom for you to enjoy at home.
  • Book now to secure your place. If you're experiencing any difficulties with booking, or have any further queries, please contact the Membership Office via email: friends@britishmuseum.org or call: +44 (0)20 7323 8195.
  • A link will be sent via email ahead of the conference for you to access the event. One ticket must be purchased for each household and the event link may not be shared.
  • You'll be able to join the conference from 10.15 and the first welcome talk will start at 10.30.

The event will be recorded and made available to all Members at a later date, without charge.

Programme overview

10.30: Welcome
Jonathan Tubb

10.40: Sumerians at Girsu and Ur
Sebastien Rey

11.20: The Assyrians and their empire
John MacGinnis

12.00: The Library of Ashurbanipal, King of the World
Jon Taylor

12.40: Lunch

13.40: Sasanians in Iraq: an archaeological approach
St John Simpson

14.20: Writing
Irving Finkel

15.00: Break

15.30: Islamic Iraq – the Samarra collection
Rosalind Wade

16.00: Contemporary art in Iraq
Venetia Porter

16.30: Panel discussion
Hosted by Jonathan Tubb

17.00: Closing remarks and end

Privacy policy

Privacy policy

The personal data you provide to us on the event booking form is being collected so that we can administer the event efficiently and, if necessary, contact you with important updates about the event. It will only be used by the British Museum for this purpose, it will not be shared with any third parties and it will be securely deleted as soon as the event has ended. This privacy information does not apply to the processing of your personal data by Zoom which will be governed by the terms of the agreement made between you and Zoom when you subscribed to their service.