Iran Heritage


Forthcoming events in 2014/15:

All events at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP, unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday 5 November, 6.30pm
The Cosmogonies of oil traffic and visual culture in modern Iran
Lecture by Morad Montazami

Wednesday 3 December, 6.30pm
Iranian food event
Panel discussion, followed by reception

Saturday 14 March 2015
Norouz Gala dinner
The Dorchester Hotel, London



16th-18th January 2015

This conference will highlight some of the damage to monuments and sites as well as possible steps to preserve them. Organized by IHF and the Soudavar Memorial Foundation, with support from the British Institue of Persian Studies.


More information on the conference programme and how to buy tickets will be posted soon.

Khusraw and Shirin listen to stories told by Shirin's handmaidens. From Nizami's Khamsah. Painting in Safavid Tabriz style c 1540s, ascribed to Aqa Mirak (British Library Or.2265, f. 66v)

One–day Symposium

31 October 2014

9:30am – 6:00pm

A one–day symposium of the theme of digitisation and new research on the British Library’s collection of Persian manuscripts.

Oil industry map, 1959


Wednesday 5 November 2014, 6.30pm

Morad Montazami will observe how some cardinal figures can reveal the “oil superego” which dominates unconsciously the Iranian modern visual culture.

Simin Behbahani

Simin Behbahani

Simin Behbahani, the gregarious master of contemporary Persian ghazal , died in Tehran on 19 August 2014. She was 87 years old.

Ezzat Malek Soudavar with her father

Ezzat Malek Soudavar

The Iran Heritage Foundation regrets to announce the death of Ezzat Malek Soudavar, who passed away in Tehran on 22nd June 2014 at the age of 101.


Iran Heritage Foundation Visiting Fellowship in Iran’s Environmental Sustainability at SOAS (2014/2015)

The Iran Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce a new Visiting Fellowship at SOAS devoted to promoting research and scholarship on Iran’s environmental challenges.



18th - 19th January 2014

This symposium highlights and discusses the challenges and demands that face Iran and the preservation of its unique ecology: its ecosystems, habitats, wildlife and natural environments.

Persian Manuscript Digitisation Project

Digital Archive

An Online Portal for Researching Persian Manuscripts

The Iran Heritage Foundation is fundraising for this important project, which will catalogue and digitise some of the many Persian manuscripts in the British Library's collection.

Connections Between India and Iran

International Conference

30 and 31 January 2014

This conference examined relations and contacts between India and Iran from the time of the Indo-Iranian migrations to the 19th century.

The Iranian Studies Directory

A Research & Reference Resource

A comprehensive reference and research facility putting the world's scholars and organisations at your fingertips


Since 2009

IHF supports essential teaching posts at universities throughout the UK in Persian language, arts, history and culture. Read more about our partnerships here.

Since 2009


IHF delivers strategic support for Iranian collections at various partner institutions. Read more about our partnerships here.

The Palace of Darius at Susa

By Jean Perrot

Edited by John Curtis, this lavishly illustrated volume is a work of seminal importance for the understanding of ancient Persia.

The Golha Project

Digital Archive

An Online Portal for Researching Persian Music and Poetry

Iran Heritage Foundation is proud to announce that the Golha website launched in August 2012 has received over 2 million visitors in less than 6 months.

Stay Close

A Contemporary Music Project

Stay Close is a ten-month project funded by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation exploring contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran.

The Cyrus Cylinder U.S. Tour 2013 - A short film from Iran Heritage Foundation on YouTube.

The 2013 tour of the Cyrus Cylinder attracted 315,000 visitors to major venues in
five US cities.

Organized by the British Museum in partnership with the Iran Heritage Foundation
and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.