The Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN UK




Islamic Ceramics

The following toolkits have been produced following a Study Day on Islamic Ceramics held at the Victoria & Albert Museum on November 2015. 

Learning and Community Engagement

The following reports were produced following a Study Day on Engaging Audiences with Islamic Art and Material Culture Collections held at Leighton House in February 2016.



The study days aim to spread expertise on specific subject areas within Islamic art and material culture or the use of these collections to promote activities such as engagement and outreach. Over the next three years we will deliver two study days per year.

Previous Study Day - SSN Islamic Art and Material Culture Study Day – Textiles, Dress and Fashion
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
30 June 2016

The SSN recently held a study day at New Walk Museum, Leicester. Led by Dr Malika Kraamer, Curator of World Arts at Leicester Arts and Museums Service, the study day provided a great opportunity to learn about historic Islamic textiles and contemporary styles of dress from leading curators, academics and local fashion designers. The first part of the day included presentations on histories of Islamic textiles and object handling of Leicester’s Gujarati Islamic dress collection. The second part of the day focused on contemporary Islamic fashion in the Middle East and modesty fashion in the UK. The day not only offered fascinating presentations, discussions, object handling and networking opportunities, it also gave the option to visit Leicester’s Belgrave Road where many of the South Asian fashion shops are based. To view study day programme please click on the link

Previous study days have focused on Islamic ceramics and one on engaging audiences with Islamic Art and Material Culture

A selection of feedback from the study days:

We are currently planning on developing a West Asian Gallery, enhancing our Islamic collection and developing a community engagement programme so the study day was hugely helpful for our museum, participant to theTextiles Study Day

It gave an incredibly usefjul and interesting introduction to Islamic ceramics, with several speakers covering various key aspects, including the relationship Islamic ceramics have with how they have been collected and interpreted over time. The object handling sessions were wonderful, being able to see the material up close and having more focussed mini sessions greatly enhnaced the learning experience, participant to the Islamic Ceramics Study Day

The study day has been inspiring. I will work with my collections team to create reources around our artefacts for a range of audiences and learn more about our collections and how they can link to our audiences, participant to the Engagement Study Day