IAG Cargo brings Assyrian treasures to the British Museum

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British Airways and Iberia aircraft at Heathrow Airport

IAG Cargo will be the logistics partner for the BP exhibition ‘I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria’ at the British Museum.

The carrier will transport a number of important loans from museums across Europe with its Secure service for the exhibition, which will be open to the public from 8 November 2018 to 24 February 2019.

The exhibition will immerse visitors in the ancient world of Assyria through the life and legacy of King Ashurbanipal, telling his remarkable story through the narratives recorded on his palace sculptures, the texts that survive from his library, and from the wealth of objects discovered by archaeologists working in the region.

Over 200 objects from all corners of King Ashurbanipal’s empire will be brought together, offering visitors the chance to see objects that have never travelled to the UK before or been on display anywhere for the last 20 years.

IAG Cargo chief executive officer, Lynne Embleton says: “This landmark exhibition builds on the work we have completed previously with the British Museum, marking three successful years of partnership.

“The extraordinary Assyrian collection dates as far back as 7th century BC and it’s the responsibility of our ‘Secure’ product team to ensure these important objects and artworks arrive safely in London.”

British Museum director, Hartwig Fischer adds: “I am delighted to announce this new exhibition and bring visitors face to face with a king whose reign shaped the history of the ancient world.

“I would like to express my gratitude to IAG Cargo who are safely transporting some of the incredible loan objects to London. Each of our exhibitions take a number of years to plan so having a logistics partner to provide secure transportation is absolutely critical.”

The British Museum’s collection of Assyrian treasures will be complemented by loans from around the world including object artworks from the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, Musei Vaticani, Vatican City; and the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.