Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN

The SSN for Islamic Art and Material Culture is for museum professionals to share ideas, expertise and best practice in using their collections from regions where Islam was, or is the dominant religion.
We work with museums to provide specialist support packages and programmes of professional skills development that facilitate collections development and audience engagement to effect long-term and sustainable change.

Special Partnerships

By developing partnerships we enable active communities for those working with Islamic art and material culture in UK museums

Study Days

Study days develop museum professionals, while encouraging knowledge exchange and active learning through presentations, participatory group activities and discussion

Specialist Support Schemes

The scheme develops institution’s understanding of their Islamic art collections, supports knowledge exchange between staff and volunteers, and builds their engagement with both existing and new audiences

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Latest Posts

  • Islamic Calligraphy: Announcing two new films with Soraya Syed

    A Fleas Liver  by Qaisra Khan The films were commissioned by the SSN for Islamic Art and Material Culture as part of their ACE funded activities that aim to support regional museums and their collections. The art of Islamic Calligraphy can be said to be one of the most important historical developments in the Islamic world. […]

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  • Specialist Support Scheme – An Overview

    Since 2015 the Subject Specialist Network for Islamic Art and Material Culture (SSN IAMC) has supported museums across the country via its Specialist Support Scheme.   The Specialist Support Scheme aims to provide regional museums with a toolkit to help them unlock the potential of their IAMC collection and use them to engage with new […]

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IAMC SSN is supported by Arts Council England and is based at Birmingham Museums, with support from national and regional partner museums nationwide.