Friends of the Bodleian Annual Lecture: Samira Ahmed, Art of Persia: viewing modern Iran through its ancient history

The Bodleian Libraries are pleased to invite all members to this year’s Friends of the Bodleian Annual Lecture, delivered by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed. Drawing on her critically-acclaimed BBC4 television series, the first to be filmed in Iran for 40 years, this talk focuses on Persian art and the Bodleian’s collections.

Richard Ovenden OBE, Bodley’s Librarian, will propose a vote of thanks to the speaker and deliver an address on the Bodleian’s work over the last 12 months.

Samira Ahmed, journalist and broadcaster

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Booking Required | RSVP by 21 June 2021


Tel: 01865 277234

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Friends of the Bodleian acquisition viewings
As part of this year’s Annual lecture celebrations, members are also invited to attend a virtual private view of acquisitions supported by the Friends in the course of the last year. Members can attend one session each. Please indicate which session you would like to attend when you RSVP.

Manuscript Acquisitions with Chris Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections | 11am
Japanese Acquisitions with Alessandro Bianchi, Bodleian Japanese Librarian | 1pm
Rare Book Acquisitions with Sarah Wheale, Head of Rare Books | 3pm