On the Shah’s Footsteps: A Journey Across Iran

Iran boasts one of the world’s richest cultural legacies. Grand archaeological sites and cities stand as testimonies of the powerful and vibrant empires that once ruled its lands. Its portable arts, from polychrome ceramics to fine miniature paintings and carpets, also reveal its sophistication and poetic outlook.

Through unprecedented access to superb examples from the Eastern Art collections in the Ashmolean Museum, this study day will reveal the refinement of Persian art and its spellbinding quality.

Itinerary 2017

Day 1

9:45  - Arrival and coffee

10.00 - Introductory lecture by Paul Wordsworth

11:15 - Rest break and questions

11:30 - Handling session on Persian ceramics, miniature, and lacquers with curator Dr. Francesca       Leoni (explanation of techniques and styles through direct observation of select artworks, including mongol, safavid and qajar).

13.00 - Lunch

14.30 - Tour of Ancient Near East Gallery with curator Paul Collins (focus on Iran)

15.15 - Storytelling & Persian poetry in the Islamic gallery with curator Francesca Leoni (a tour of the Persian material on display with a focus on objects connected with epic stories and tales, including Nizami, Jami and Firdawsi).

15:45 Disperse or browse the rest of the Ashmolean until closing time.


See something old in a new way

Andante Study Days offer rare, often unique, insights into the world of working archaeology. All are led by expert guides, and are designed to give guests access to some of the best of British Archaeology... 

What to expect 

  • An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
  • A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
  • Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
  • Small Groups 12-25 guests
  • The company of like-minded people!

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2017 Study Day Details

Fri 3rd November



without flights


Led By: Dr Paul Wordsworth , Dr Francesca Leoni

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