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

  • A Precious End to a Delightful Journey

    by Sylvie Broussine, Assistant Curator at Holburne Museum The Holburne Museum in Bath is delighted to be the final venue for the touring show, Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld, which was organised by The Courtauld in collaboration with the Subject Specialist Network in Islamic Art and Material Culture, and with support from […]

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  • Interview with Ladan Akbarnia

    Curator, South Asian and Islamic Art The San Diego Museum of Art This interview has been taken from the Converging Paths 2021 series, organised by Asia House and the Barakat Trust. (Question by Mahroo) I am an architectural and art historian, currently working on a paper which questions the ‘normative’ ways through which we might […]

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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.