Mughal India: Art and Culture

U3A is privileged to be invited by The British Library Knowledge Centre Theatre to discover Mughal India at this study day on March 27th. The event is exclusive to U3A members. Maximum 2 tickets per applicant at £25 each.

Ruling South and parts of Central Asia from 1526-1858, the Mughal dynasty became one of the most powerful and opulent empires the world has ever known. Remembered through a rich artistic and cultural heritage including exquisite paintings, manuscripts and architecture, the British Library has assembled six key speakers to explore the art and culture of Mughal India - a world of beauty and exquisite craftsmanship.

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  • 10.45 Arrival; tea and coffee served
  • 11.15 The formation of Mughal painting style; Dr Barbara Brend, independent scholar
  • 11.45 Arts of the Mughal Court; Susan Stronge, Senior Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum
  • 12.15 The development of the Mughal Studio under Emperor Akbar; Jerry Losty, Curator Emeritus, the British Library
  • 12.45 Q&A plenary with morning contributors
  • 13.00 Lunch (not provided)
  • 14.15 The Mughal Imperial Library; Ursula Sims-Williams, Lead Curator of Persian Collections, the British Library
  • 14.45 Interrogating patronage: the Bustan of Sa‘di for Emperor Shahjahan; Dr Sâqib Bâburî, Curator, Persian Manuscripts Digitisation Project, the British Library
  • 15.15 European patronage: the Johnson Collection of albums; Dr Malini Roy, Curator of Visual Arts Collections, the British Library
  • 15.45 Q&A plenary with afternoon contributors
  • 16.00 Close

Redisplay of Mughal collection items

Timed to coincide with our study day, we have redisplayed related collection items in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery. Participants are invited to visit this free Gallery before and after the study day.