The Arts Society lecture on Monday 17th February 2020 at 2pm is by Irving Finkel entitled ‘Diaries, Memories and the Pursuit of Truth’.

Irving Finkel is a philologist and Assyriologist. He is currently the Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures in the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum, where he specialises in cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia. Irving is the author of several academic articles and books on ancient Babylon. He also studies the history of board games.

In association with the Bishopsgate Institute he has helped to archive over 2,000 personal diaries. In 2014, the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood held an exhibition of the diaries of children written between 1813 and 1996. Irving has written a number of works of fiction for children, including The Princess Who Wouldn’t Come Home and Sizzle de Brax and the Blungaphone.

Irving Finkel is the founder of the Great Diary Project, which has been set up and is now run from Bishopsgate Institute in London. Its purpose is to rescue and give a permanent home to all unwanted private diaries of any date, period, brevity or length, which are otherwise doomed to perish, to rescue them for the future. Some remarkable discoveries, some adventures, and much to consider.