IAG Cargo Extends Its Reach into South Africa

IAG Cargo Logistics Partner for British Museum Exhibition on Ancient Assyrian Empire

IAG Cargo has been selected as the logistics partner for the BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria at the British Museum. The carrier will transport a number of important loans from museums across Europe with its ‘Secure’ service, dedicated to delivering high-value consignments.

The exhibition, open to the public from 8th November 2018 to 24th February 2019, marks another chapter in the partnership between IAG Cargo and the British Museum, with the carrier supporting the BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation in 2015 and South Africa: the art of a nation in 2016.

The exhibition explores the ancient world of Assyria through the life and legacy of its last great ruler, King Ashurbanipal. It will tell Ashurbanipal’s  story through the narratives recorded on his palace sculptures, the texts that survive from his library, and from the wealth of objects discovered by archaeologists working in the region. Over 200 objects from all corners of King Ashurbanipal’s empire will be brought together, offering visitors the chance to see objects that have never travelled to the UK before or been on display anywhere for the last 20 years.

Lynne Embleton, CEO of IAG Cargo, said, “This landmark exhibition builds on the work we have completed previously with the British Museum, marking three successful years of partnership. The extraordinary Assyrian collection dates as far back as 7th century BC and it’s the responsibility of our ‘Secure’ product team to ensure these important objects and artworks arrive safely in London.”

Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum, said, “I am delighted to announce this new exhibition and bring visitors face to face with a king whose reign shaped the history of the ancient world. I would like to express my gratitude to IAG Cargo who are safely transporting some of the incredible loan objects to London. Each of our exhibitions take a number of years to plan so having a logistics partner to provide secure transportation is absolutely critical.”

The British Museum’s collection of Assyrian treasures will be complemented by loans from around the world, including objects and artworks from; the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, Musei Vaticani, Vatican City; and the Cyprus Museum, Nicosia.