Professor Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at Newcastle University and Vice-President BSI of speaks at the opening of the Ancient Iraq: New Discoveries exhibition. © Blue Shield International March 2020
A British Museum touring exhibition, Ancient Iraq: New Discoveries, came to Newcastle University’s Great North Museum: Hancock. This marks the first time that the Museum is showing new Iraq field research in combination with key objects from the Museum’s collection. Exploring the cultural heritage of Iraq through 80 remarkable objects, this new exhibition seeks to highlight the challenges of protecting Iraq’s rich and diverse cultural heritage following decades of conflict.
The exhibition features Newcastle University’s Professor Peter Stone, the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace , Chair of UKBS and Vice President of BSI. He has spent his career highlighting the importance of protecting the past. Professor Stone spoke at the exhibition launch about his work:
“This exhibition shows the enormous contribution that early civilizations in Iraq made to world history. Such cultural property can be used to show the things all people have in common rather than what makes us different. It also highlights the work of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection & Peace at Newcastle and how the team here are supporting the development of the international NGO the Blue Shield – the advisory body to UNESCO on cultural property protection. This is not a quick-fix. We are laying the foundations of an international organisation that will become the “cultural equivalent of the ICRC” in 50 or 100 years’ time.”