As part of our Ancient Civilisations Week  we are pleased to be screening 'Letters from Baghdad' with a 20 minute introduction talk by Dr Zena Kamash.

'Letters from Baghdad' is a documentary about Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day who shaped the destiny of Iraq after WWI in ways that still reverberate today.

You can also join us before the screening for Jewels, Graves and Scholars: Illustrating the Royal Tombs of Ur , a fascinating talk by Helene Maloigne on the the history of Sir Leonard Woolley’s excavations and the archaeological illustrations by illustrator Marie-Louise Baker which were donated to Birmingham Museums by Sir Leonard in the 1950s.

This event is free but places are limited to 40