March 2020

Study Day Led By Dr Susan Whitfield: The Silk Road - Art, History & Exploration

Welcome to The Arts Society Tarporley
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 10:00
The Community Centre
113a High St Tarporley CW6 0AY

Dr Whitfield will examine the history, art and exploration which lie behind the romance of the Silk Road.

No highway in the world is as laden with romance and adventure as the Silk Road. Susan will introduce its history and art and tell us about its exploration and discovery by two early 20th Century archeologists. Some Silk Road objects will be on display including silverware, glass, silk and a Buddhist object. Members are invited to bring a Silk Road related item.


Dr Susan Whitfield

Dr Susan Whitfield is a writer, scholar, lecturer and traveler of the Silk Roads. During 25 years curating the collections of over 50,000 medieval manuscripts from central Asia at the British Library, she also helped found and then developed an international collaboration working on the art and artefacts of the eastern Silk Roads.

She has lectured and written widely on the history and arts of the Silk Roads. Her latest book, Silk Roads: Peoples, Culture and Landscapes, was published by Thames & Hudson in October 2019 and translated into six languages. She has also curated several major exhibitions, with a forthcoming show at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, and has organized field trips to archaeological sites in the Taklamakan desert.