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Nov 04 2016
Stephanie Dalley reported in the Financial Times

Stephanie Dalley reported in the Financial Times – Arts Section – on ‘The people’s palace’ and reflected that “Regeneration through culture for an area that has suffered so much deserves heartfelt support.”

https://www.ft.com/content/0d91282c-8bb2-11e6-8cb7-e7ada1d123b1 by Stephanie Dalley

Oct 10 2016
Eleanor Robson writes in Apollo

Eleanor Robson (Chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq – www.bisi.ac.uk) writes in Apollo – the International Art Magazine ‘ Rethinking Iraq’s past and its future – at the Basrah Museum

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/rethinking-iraqs-past-and-its-future-at-the-basrah-museum/

Oct 08 2016
Theopi Skarlatos of BBC News

Theopi Skarlatos of BBC News, Basra ‘in pictures’ feature on the ‘Basra Museum: How Saddam’s palace was given to the people’. This piece discusses the hard work of repairing the palace to turn it in to a museum.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37550027

 

Oct 03 2016
Patrick Steele writes in the Museums Association

Patrick Steele writes in the Museums Association/ Museums Journal Blog about the opening of the Museum and the continuing need for fundraising to complete restoration and open the remaining galleries.

http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/04102016-basrah-museum-opens-first-gallery

Sep 28 2016
Karen Hua wrote shortly after the opening in Forbes/Lifestyle

Karen Hua wrote shortly after the opening in Forbes/Lifestyle on ‘Saddam Hussein’s Former Basra Palace is now an Art Museum’. She includes an Instagram post translated from Arabic.

‘The Basra Screen Instagram post translates to: We do not exaggerate when we say that it’s one of the happiest days in Basra in many years. Reopening the city’s largest museum represents an important step in conserving the heritage and culture of the tribes that lived on the land and passing this information on to new generations. What has been inaugurated today represents the first phase, and it will be followed by later stages including halls of advanced technologies. Basra Museum, starting from today, will receive visitors from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday every week. Thanks to Great Britain and Professor Qahtan, Basra’s antiquities chief (who helped launch the idea on the British side and contributed Bonizam marshes to the World Heritage List). And thanks to everyone who contributed to the completion of this edifice.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/karenhua/2016/09/29/saddam-husseins-former-basra-palace-is-now-an-antiquities-museum/#483e52324e0d