Project information

Cultural Heritage Programme

The programme aims to present a series of lectures covering a broad range of subjects within Iranian cultural heritage, from historical topics to the visual arts. It will also include a conference addressing the issues of collecting artifacts and a family day to reach out to a younger audience.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Iran Heritage Foundation

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  • Need


    The diverse culture and traditions of Iran, from its language and history to modern interpretations of heritage are not very widely known or publicised in the UK. There is a wealth of cultural heritage to be demonstrated to the public and also to preserve for the British-Iranian community in the UK, as well as elsewhere outside of Iran.


    IHF's lecture series will give exposure to numerous areas of cultural heritage and provide a platform for furthering interest in Iranian studies and heritage through this varied programme. The events will give an opportunity for Iranians and non-Iranians to learn more about cultural heritage and allow for interaction between the community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Present a varied lecture series


    » Arrange monthly lectures/talks which will be open to the public
    » Choose a broad range of subjects to be presented, covering a number of aspects of Iranian culture

    What success will look like

    Success will be attracting between 70-90 people to each lecture and introducing new members of the public to our programme and activities.

    Aim 2

    Arrange conferences to further explore certain areas of heritage


    » Organise a conference on collectors and collecting, looking at the issues of collecting and dealing art and artefacts of cultural significance
    » Organise a family-day based around a selection of Iranian cultural traditions, such as music and poetry, to encourage children to learn about Persia

    What success will look like

    Success will be attracting up to 100 people to each of these events, particularly young people to the family-day, and also generating some media coverage for the conference.

  • Impact


    The project will increase the reach of IHF's lectures and events, as well as diversify the audience previously found at such events, especially reaching out to a younger generation and encourage them to take in interest in Iranian cultural heritage.
    Success will be monitored by attendance numbers to each part of the programme as well as how many view any recordings of these events on the IHF YouTube channel.


    There are risks that speakers may no longer be able to present their papers, for example if coming from outside the UK they may not be awarded a travel visa in time. We have reduced these risks by opting mainly for UK-based speakers and for those who may require a visa we are able to provide supporting documentation for their applications and will require them to apply with plenty of time.


    Donors will receive regular newsflashes regarding the events programme and updates about when extra material will be available on our website, as well as an overall update on a quarterly basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,600 Room hire costs Room hire for 10 lectures and 2 one-day events
      £3,500 AV & technician To hire projector, equipment and a technician for each event (12 in total)
      £4,400 Photography & videography To hire photographer to document and film each event
  • Background


    IHF is based in Asia House, a renowned venue for events, conferences and exhibitions, with a special focus on Asia and parts of the Middle East.


    The programme will benefit the general public, who are able to come to all events and learn more about cultural heritage. There is also a specific benefit to the British-Iranian community and also those in the academic and artistic worlds who have a particular interest in Iranian culture.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    IHF is the leading organisation for all things to do with Iranian culture and heritage, having been established 20 years ago and with a wide catalogue of previously carried out projects. We have already a solid base of supporters for our events and are well-placed to bring in a wider and more diverse audience. We have excellent relationships with a number of institutions and individuals who will be able to contribute their expertise to the programme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr John Curtis

    Dr Curtis is the CEO of IHF and was formerly the Keeper of the Middle East Dept. at the British Museum. He is a leading figure in cultural heritage.

    Astrid Johansen

    Astrid is a young professional working in cultural heritage management who is organising and overseeing the programme.

We need to understand much, much more about the part that the Iranian civilisation plays in our own lives... That's why I 100% support the IHF.

Jon Snow, newscaster