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Researching the Talk

Through the second half of 2014 we worked with Afghan journalist Zia Shahreyar and British-Iranian historian Bijan Omrani to produce a one off lecture which would explore some of our collections from Afghanistan and the neighbouring areas of Pakistan.  Our work was later covered in a short piece by BBC Persian which broadcasts to Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The objects that we discovered spoke of their collector’s relationship with Afghanistan. As we discussed these diverse relationships, themes began to present themselves.Inspired by these themes, this story will contextualise culturally Afghan objects from our collection under the headings of ‘Romance’, ‘Conflict’ and ‘Legacy’.