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Salah Salimi

University of Tehran

Supervisor, Institute of Archaeology

Country: Iran

ITP Year: 2021


Salah’s main responsibility in his teaching role at the Institute of Archaeology is to train students in excavation fieldwork which also includes teaching them to research museum objects, how to conserve them, and how to transfer them to the museum.

Salah’s main professional interests are archaeological projects, museum research projects and museum management as one of his future responsibilities will be directing the research section in the museum.

Currently, he is working on a research project at the National Museum of Iran and the Urmia Museum (West Azerbaijan Province) which focuses on iron objects in the Hasanlu settlement, now kept in the National Museum and Urmia Museum. In 2018, he also started the Mapping of Iron Mines and Evidence of Ancient Metalworking in Northwest of Iran project, studying iron objects from northwest of Iran.

As a teacher, Salah is interested in education alongside photography, exhibitions and archive management.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme, Salah was based in the Departments of Middle East and Coins and Medals and spent his partner placement at Lincoln Museum and Nottingham University Museum.

In 2021 participants were asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition on the theme of journeys, drawing on their existing museum experience and the skills learnt during the programme.  Salah worked with Meropi Ziogana (Greece) and Uktamali Ravshanov (Uzbekistan) on his Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled Message not in a bottle: Coins as markers of a lifelong journey.

Salah’s place on the ITP was generously supported by the Soudavar Foundation and the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.