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Haj Exhibition opens in London

An inside view of the the British Museum’s Reading Room. (AN photo by Roger Harrison)

By Roger Harrison | Arab News | London | 27 Jan 2012

Under the magnificent domed ceiling of the British Museum’s Reading Room the largest exhibition ever mounted on the subject of Haj opened Thursday morning. Soon after the doors opened visitors had already begun to fill the aisles and pause to wonder at the exhibits.

“This is something very special,” said 22 year-old Tamara Smith from Harrow in north London. “I know a little about Haj from friends at school who had been, but to see the history and hear the voices of even quite young people talking about their experiences and to get close to things that have come from Makkah over the centuries really adds another dimension to their stories.”

The museum expects a good attendance at the exhibition. Venetia Porter, the Exhibition Curator said that apart from members of the museum and general visitors that invitations had been extended to schools across the country to visit. “It is probably the most satisfying exhibition that I have bee involved in and in assembling it, I have met with nothing but kindness and support,” she said.

The exhibition runs until April 15 and admission is £12 (SR72)


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