In April 2003 we formed a charitable group to remake
an authentic, playable version of the famous Gold Lyre of Ur which dates from
2,550 BC discovered by archaeologists in Iraq in 1929.
is an extremely early stringed instrument, perhaps the earliest in the world.
It comes from one of the earliest human civilisations,
Sumer in Mesopotamia. Yet it is an instrument which connects us all even today.
Similar lyres are still played around the world.
decided to recreate the instrument completely authentically, using only the correct
original adhesives, correct “Sumerian region” wood and the correct gold quality
The skills needed for re-making this
harp exist in the world today and we asked only the very best craftsmen to assist,
by donating their work. Many people helped build it.
are always aware of the importance that this old, well-loved, artefact means to
the people of modern day Iraq.