‘The Bamiyan Buddha Statues: archaeology, conservation and ….. reconstruction?

A lecture by Mr Jonathan Rider, former project manager for UNESCO at the Bamiyan World Heritage

In 2001, the Taliban destroyed two giant Buddha statues in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan. Work has been underway since then to document, conserve, and possibly reconstruct one of the statues. In light of recent attacks on cultural heritage elsewhere in the world, Jonathan will share his experience of working for UNESCO in Bamiyan, reflecting on some of the challenges faced by conservators and policy makers working in similar environments. The talk will provide a short historical overview of Bamiyan, followed by a presentation of work undertaken at the site to date. Lastly, there will be a more detailed discussion about conservation ethics, particularly in post-conflict settings. 

7 February 2018

Where: Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1 [nearest tube Hyde Park Corner]

1.15pm start, with lecture finishing by 2.30pm. The sandwich lunch is available from 12.30pm and must be booked by Monday 5 February due to change of caterers.

Tickets: Members and their guests only

23 JAN


Iran, the USA and the politics of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action)

Where: Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9EB

Lecture starts at 1.15pm. There is a sandwich lunch available at 12.30pm which must be booked through the office by 2.30pm on Monday 21 January

Tickets: Free

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