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Return of 100 Museum Objects from Britain to Iran

The Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts announced the restoration of 100 museum objects from the British Foundation for Iranian Studies to the National Museum of Iran after half a century.

According to ISNA Ali Asghar Mounesan announced on twitter that through cultural diplomacy another collection containing 10,000 cultural material, including 100 museum objects owned by the British Institute for Persian Studies, was returned to the National Museum of Iran after half a century.

While explaining dhow the Institute has access to 100 museum objects, he said: “The British Institute of Persian Studies in Tehran used to be home to groups of British archaeologists and Iranologists who came to Iran to study, visit, do field research and archaeological excavations.”

The Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts continued: British groups in the 1960 and 1970AD (1340 and 1350 SH) transferred some objects and cultural material to complete designing and photography and prepare them for publication at their location at the Institute of Persian Studies in Gholhak. After the Islamic Revolution, some of these objects and projects remained incomplete.

He added: “These objects include material culture from Nushijan Citadel (Hamedan province), Sagz Abad (Qazvin), Khorvin (Alborz), Bābā Jān Tepe (Hamedan province), Pasargadae (Fars province), Haftavan Tepeh (West Azerbaijan province), animal remains and parts.” (Pottery Bank) is from different areas of Iran.

Mounesan pointed out that these objects are the result of studies and excavations by BIPS-affiliated researchers in the 1960s and 1970s who attended archaeological field research in various regions of Iran, and said:   “In this collection, there are more than 100 museum objects, the number of cultural material reaching more than 10,000. These objects are made of stone, pottery, bone, brick, etc., documentation of which is in the working agenda of the National Museum of Iran.

According to him, the importance of these objects is that they are the result of scientific research and archeological excavations of many valuable sites in the country.

He said: “We hope that with the cooperation of the museum and the institute, we can publish this valuable collection and hold an exhibition in this respect, at the National Museum of Iran, in the near future.”

On March 3, 2021, these cultural material were transferred to the National Museum of Iran. The British Institute of Persian Studies in Tehran, abbreviated as BIPS, is one of several British international research institutes operating under the auspices of the British Academy. The institute was founded in 1961 under the supervision of the British Academy and in 1976 opened its buildings in Tehran, Gholhak St., Shariati Ave.

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