We are pleased to present Didar – Stories of Middle Eastern Manuscripts. This exhibition brings together more than two decades of investigation into these manuscripts by the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation. As a student-led project, this exhibition would not have been possible without the valuable contribution of alumni Dr Sadra Zekrgoo and current students Nasim Koohkesh, Sunita Lewis, Daniel Bornstein, Eleanor Zeitz, Leandra Flores, Elizabeth Gralton, Simone Dowd, Uswa Qureshi, Katherine Pigott and Asli Gunel.
Thank you to those shared their stories for the video project: Sherene Hassan, Dr Mahmoud Mohammed, Dr Zahra Zamani and Hannah Motevallian, Reem Sweid, Zain AlHindi. We are very grateful to Hosein Rabiei for the wonderful calligraphy and Sareh Abooali for the 3D manuscript models.
Special thanks are due to the following people for their assistance: Jon Buckingham, Paul Burston, Jordi Casasayas, Camielle Fitzmaurice, Kylie Gillman, Kathryn Kiely, Ben Kruenen, Steve Martin, Susan Millard, Peter Mitchelson, Professor Robyn Sloggett, Samuel Smith and Tim Walsh. This work is part of a longer-term project, we would like to acknowledge those who have contributed to research on the collection, including colleagues, former staff and students. Items on display from the Archives and Special Collections, University of Melbourne. We are grateful for their contribution and support for this exhibition.
Exhibition curators Dr Leila Alhagh and Sophie Lewincamp
For further information on the exhibition and the Middle Eastern Manuscript Collection, contact Sophie Lewincamp via email on email@example.com