British Institute in Amman

Country: Jordan
Collection Type: Research center
Collection Size: 10,000-50,000
Period: 1930-1960 1960-1980 Later than 1980
Type of Material & Format: Black and White images Colour images Digital files Film-based negatives Prints

The British Institute in Amman (BIA) is an independent research organization in Jordan. The BIA works to build academic cooperation between British and local universities and other organizations engaged in research; organizes events including conferences, workshops, public lectures and seminars; provides facilities for researchers including a library, study space, guest accommodation, equipment, and fieldwork vehicles; and offers Arabic language training in cooperation with the Qasid Language Institute.

The institute’s origins are as an archaeological field station of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, which became an independent institute in 1978.
The core of the collection derives from the archive of the institute’s founder, Crystal-M Bennett (1918-1987) and dates from her years active in the field, principally the 1960s to early 1980s. The Institute also possesses numerous photographs donated by associated researchers. The collection includes around 15,000 photographs, which depicts themes of archaeology and heritage as well as ethnography.

Contact Details:
Name: Carol Palmer (Director) and Rudaina Momani (Librarian)
Email: and
Address: 102 Uhod Street Tla’ Al-Ali Amman, Jordan
Tel: .+ 962 6 534 1317


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