Holburne Museum, Bath

Discovering Our Hidden Persian Treasures

To bring a fresh global dimension to the Holburne Collection by restoring an unseen collection of Persian and Islamic art, much of which needs urgent conservation, and to tell the fascinating story of how these artworks were collected by Victorian adventurer/collector Miss Ellen Tanner.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (310288)

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The Miss Tanner Collection was donated to the Holburne in the 1920s and is an eclectic collection of 69 Persian & Islamic artworks, comprising textiles, metalwork, woodwork and lacquer. We have not been able to display the objects due to urgently needed conservation work and so the public have not discovered and enjoyed their fascinating cultural relevance. Much of our Persian and Islamic collection therefore remains unexplored, and Miss Tanner’s surprising and captivating story untold.


Conserving the objects will enable us to place them on public display. In 2018 we will present and promote a free-to-enter exhibition interpreting the objects and their intriguing story. In the longer term, parts of the Tanner Collection will sit within the permanent galleries and the Collection will be available via Collections Online. We will raise awareness through an associated learning programme including lectures, talks, workshops and object handling sessions.