2009 - Ralph Pinder Wilson

Scope and Content

The series contains the report of the Selection Committee, biographical details of Ralph Pinder-Wilson and the lecturer, Warwick Ball, and copies of emails concerning the conferment of the Award.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ralph Pinder-Wilson was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and then joined the Indian Army, learning Persian. He became curator in the Department of Oriental Antiquities at The British Museum (1948), later made Deputy Keeper in the same department (1969-1976). He subsequently became Director of the British Institute of Afghan Studies in Kabul (1976-82) during which time he made studies of Afghan architecture including the Minaret of Jam.


The material was divided into two sub-series for administrative material and correspondence.

Related Material

The Minutes of the Council Meeting may provide additional details of the award to Ralph Pinder-Wilson.
A podcast of he lecture given by Warwick Ball entitled "Ralph Pinder-Wilson and Afghanistan" can be found with the Backdoor Broadcasting Company .

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