The World Society for the Study, Preservation and Popularization of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan plans the publication of a series book-albums named “Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in World Collections”, dedicated to the folk arts and crafts items stored in the museum collections of Great Britain.
Experts have already started working on the project and a group of authors have identified the concept of the upcoming publication and began collecting the visual materials.
As of today, filling in the below given three sections of the future book as below have been agreed:
The Art Museum of Glasgow, Scotland: This museum has a collection of Islamic culture objects that were donated to the museum by a businessman and philanthropist William Barrel. Embroidery items and textile products from Uzbekistan are an important part of this collection of Islamic Arts.
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford: Founded in 1683, it is the most ancient museum in Great Britain and has world-famous collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time. Uzbekistan’s works of art demonstrating the cultural heritage of the region are also a part of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology collection.
The British Museum: Uzbekistan’s heritage in the British Museum is presented in three categories. The first one is dedicated to the famous Jade Jar of Mirzo Ulugbek, founded in the first half of the 15th century by a master from Samarkand. The second section will talk about the collection of the wonderful miniatures created in the territory of modern Uzbekistan. The third part will be dedicated to the embroidery art, handmade woven carpets and other unique textile products of the 19th century, which are kept today in the British Museum.
Uzbekistan is also holding negotiations with the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester has a huge collection of textile samples, since the textile industry is one of the leading industries in the city. The Gallery has one of the biggest collections of Uzbek textile items in it.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world's largest museum of applied arts, decorative arts, and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The museum has the largest collection of the applied and decorative arts, design and sculpture, including the interesting textile collection and ceramic products dedicated to the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.