Mar 28 2018
FOBM January 2018 Training Programme Report & Evaluation

The Friends of Basrah Museum's Report on the training programme delivered by Dr Paul Collins, Dr Noorah Al-Gailani, Dr Ulrike Al-Khamis and Dr Lamia al Gailani-Werr with support from Joan Porter MacIver (organiser and report author) and Ali Khadr (volunteer and programme evaluator) is available here.

Mar 09 2018
Telling Stories in Basrah: a New Museum for Iraq

MBI Al Jaber Foundation Lecture Series, a talk by Paul Collins, co-hosted by BISI and the Friends of Basrah Museum

Date & Time: Thursday 19th April 2018, 5.45pm     Venue: MBI Al Jaber Building, London Middle East Institute, SOAS

Dr. Paul Collins, Jaleh Hearn Curator of Ancient Near East, Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.  The Friends of Basrah Museum will be introduced by Mrs Joan Porter MacIver, CPF Grant UK Project Co-ordinator.

With the support of the London based charity, Friends of Basrah Museum, and a grant from the Cultural Protection Fund,  a former palace of Saddam Hussein has been restored as the new Basrah Museum. After 8 years of work, the first of three gallery spaces was officially opened in September 2016. This lecture will explore the on-going work at the Museum and how the institution will play a significant role in helping to foster sustainable development of antiquity, cultural heritage and the humanities in the post-conflict Middle East. 
Paul Collins is Jaleh Hearn Curator of the Ancient Near East in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, and voluntary Chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI). He has worked previously as a curator in the Middle East Department of the British Museum and the Ancient Near Eastern Art Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

A Flyer for this lecture can be found here.  Please confirm your attendance to - places are limited and reservations are required.


Jan 18 2018
FOBM January 2018 Museum Training Programme

The Friends of Basrah Museum organised and delivered a six day basic Museum Management Training course in January 2018. The Trainers were Dr Paul Collins (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford & BISI Chairman), Dr Noorah Al-Gailani (GlasgowLife / Glasgow Museums - Burrell Collection, Glasgow), Dr Ulrike Al Khamis (Aga Khan Museum, Toronto) and Dr Lamia Al-Gailani Werr, FOBM Trustee. The Trustees thank these supporting museums for enabling their museum professionals to take part in the intensive training week. The programme was organised by Joan Porter MacIver (Friends of Basrah Museum) and Ali Khadr (Volunteer & BISI Executive Officer). The Programme can be viewed here. The support of the Qahtan Alabeed, the Museum Director and Director of Basrah Antiquities & Heritage, and also from Mr Mahdi Al Musawi, Museum Volunteer and of Bur Alaman Company, was invaluable to the smooth running of the programme. The FOBM Trustees thank HE Qais Al Rasheed, Chairman of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, for his support and assistance with the training programme.

Sixteen participants took part – seven Basrah Museum staff members, three Museum volunteers and six SBAH employees from Samawa, Nasariya, Maisan and Baghdad. The FOBM is planning further training opportunities for the Basrah Museum staff in the final year of its CPF grant. More information on the programme can be found here in the Report & Evaluation.  There are images from the training programme in the Image Gallery.


Training Programme Participants

Participants in the FOBM Training Programme:

(Left to Right) Back row – Sarmad Saleem (Basrah Museum), Fadhil Abdel Abbas (Basrah Museum), Dr Noorah Al-Gailani (Trainer/Glasgow Museums), Haitham Muhsen Sfoog (Baghdad – previously Basrah) and Magid Kassim Kadhim (Basrah Museum); Middle Row – Dr Lamia al Gailani-Werr (FOBM Trustee), Siham Giwad Kadhun (Director Maisan Museum), Dr Ulrike Al-Khamis (Trainer & Aga Khan Museum), Iqbal Kadhim Ajeel (Director Nasiriya Museum), Sufian Muhsen (Head of Governates’ Museum Department, Iraq Museum), Dr Paul Collins (Trainer/Ashmolean Museum), Dr Adil Kassim Sassim (Head of the Natural History Museum, Basrah, & Univ. of Basrah), Wissam Abd Ali Abdul Hussain (Basrah Museum), Sawlan Adnan Alahmar (Samawa Museum), Tamara Alattiyeh (Museum Volunteer and Saraji Palace Museum Project coordinator designate), Sakna Jaber Abdel Latif (Museum Volunteer), Ayat Fadhil Sadkan (Museum Volunteer) and Ali Khadr (Evaluation Report & BISI); Front row kneeling: Joan Porter MacIver (FOBM), Abdel  Razak Khadim (Basrah Museum), Qahtan Al Abeed (Basrah Museum Director) and, Salah Rahi (Samawa Museum).

(Date: January 18, 2018)





Oct 23 2017
Art Newpaper article on Cultural Protection Fund

The Art Newspaper provided coverage under its conservation news on the Cultural Protection Fund's efforts to fund projects with local partners to safeguard and protect heritage in 12 countries in the Middle East and Africa. 


Sep 19 2017
Nahrein network receives one of the new AHRC awards

Professor Eleanor Robson (lead applicant), Dr Paul Collins and Dr Saad Eskander have shared the formal announcement by the funder the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for grants to five UK academics to set up international networks for tackling development challenges.

FoBM Trustees and the Basrah Museum are delighted to be partners in  the Nahrein network which seeks to significantly develop the capacity of Middle Eastern universities, museums, archives and cultural heritage sites to enable cultural and economic growth in the region with an initial focus on Iraq.