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

Visit Blog

Latest Posts

  • 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 […]

    Continue reading
  • The Eastern Museum at Kedleston Hall, Derby

    Kedleston Hall was the country estate of the Curzon family, where several of its members held the title of Viceroy of India. One part of the family collection that is on display at Kedleston Hall is in what is called the Eastern Museum where the collection of around 1300 objects includes approximately 400 objects that are of Islamic and Indo-Islamic origin.

    Continue reading
All partners


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