British Museum exhibition of “Forgotten
Empire: the World of Ancient Persia” will be
transferred from the British Museum to Spain. Starting
from mid-February, the Spain Museum will be the host of
the Achaemenid ancient relics.
“Museum experts, who should be present at the time of
packing and transferring the items, will fly to London in
two weeks to prepare the articles to be transferred to
Barcelona after the London exhibition closes its doors to
the public on January 8th. Of course some time is needed
to set the exhibition up and make it ready for a public
opening, an event which will take place 50 days later in
Spain,” said Mohammad Reza Kargar, director of Iran’s
The exhibition was opened on 8th of September in the
British Museum in London and was widely welcomed by
the people and received 90,000 visitors during the first 8
weeks of its establishment. Experts believe that more
people will visit the museum during the last few weeks.
Achaemenid relics displayed in this exhibition are
borrowed from the National Museum of Iran, Louver Museum
of Paris, and the British Museum itself.
on an agreement between Iran’s National Museum and the
Britain Museum, some articles which are currently on
display in London were lent to the British Museum by Iran
in exchange of the famous Cyrus
Cylinder and the Oxus Treasure which will stay in Iran
for two years.
There were some concerns about the method of transferring
of these articles, but after the case was studied Iran’s
government announced its agreement for the transferring of
these articles to Spain.
Experts believe that the exhibition of “Forgotten
Empire: The world of Ancient Persia” is the biggest
collection on the Achaemenid Empire displayed ever.
Alongside the exhibition they were also some seminars
which were held about the economics, art, government,
social issues, and women’s rights during the Achaemenid
era with the attendance of experts.
Government, religion, the art and the dignity of the Achaemenid
Empire are among the subjects displayed during this