The British Institute For The Study Of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial)

The British Institute For The Study Of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial)

Charity information

The British Institute For The Study Of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial)

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq is a small UK charity dedicated to advancing research and public education about the history, society and culture of Iraq.

Founded 1932

  • Mission statement

    BISI was originally founded as the British School of Archaeology in Iraq in 1932, in memory of the renowned archaeologist and explorer, Gertrude Bell. The Institute's academic coverage now ranges from the study of ancient and pre-modern Iraq to include humanities and social sciences research on modern and contemporary Iraq.
    We achieve our charitable goals by funding outreach and research projects on Iraq, by publishing books on Iraq's history and languages (including the journal IRAQ first published in 1934), and by organising and sponsoring public events and lectures in London and elsewhere in the UK. Since 2005, we have sponsored over 30 Iraqi scholars to travel to the UK to engage in research, training and collaborations through our Visiting Iraqi Scholars Programme.

  • Aims

    The British Institute For The Study Of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial) aims to:

    • To support high-quality research across its academic remit by making grants and providing expert advice and input.
    • To assist with publications, both print and electronic, for academic and public dissemination of research activities.
    • To support and facilitate academic exchange and collaboration between the UK and Iraq through programmes of visiting scholars and academic engagement.
    • To promote public education through organising and supporting lectures, conferences, workshops and study days.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1932

    Registered Charity Number: 1135395

    Board members: 12

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 2

    Phone number: 02079695274

    Address: at the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

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