IAG Cargo to transport museum objects to London for Assyrian Empire exhibition

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June 28, 2018: IAG Cargo’s ‘Secure’ service will be used to transport a number of important loan objects from museums across Europe. The cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) is the logistics partner for the BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria at the British Museum.

British Museum has partnered with IAG Cargo for the third time to deliver high value objects.

The exhibition will be open to the public from November 8 this year to February 24, 2019. The exhibition will immerse visitors in the ancient world of Assyria through the life and legacy of its last great ruler, King Ashurbanipal. It will tell Ashurbanipal’s 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.

Lynne Embleton, CEO of IAG Cargo said: “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.”

Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum said: “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.  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 objects and artworks from; the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, Musei Vaticani, Vatican City; and the Cyprus Museum, Nicosia.

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