Caspian Cultural Centre

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+44 (0)20 899 36389

The Woodlands Hall
Crown Street
London W3 8SA, UK

Opening times
11am to 6pm
Tuesday to Saturday

Welcome to

Caspian Cultural Centre

CASPIAN CULTURAL CENTRE

Caspian Cultural Centre (CCC) in London is home to the common culture and heritage of about a quarter of a billion people of West Asia and the Middle East.

With so many world heritage sites, borderless wealth of literature, science and art and intriguing history of melting and re-emerging boundaries, the region boasts to be the cradle of civilisation.

Caspian Cultural Centre’s aim is to nurture, protect and promote that common heritage, bring together diverse communities and create a unique environment for academic work to enhance understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the region.

Caspian Cultural Centre:
✓ A world class library
✓ Conferences and events facilities
✓ Research and study centre

LIBRARY FOR IRANIAN STUDIES​

Opening hours: 11.00am – 17.30pm Tuesday to Saturday

Aiming for sky – Building for future

The trustees of Caspian Cultural Centre are delighted to announce the approval by Ealing Council of our plan for a purpose-built cultural centre and Library for Iranian Studies.  Construction work on this forward-looking project will start soon and we hope to offer the Persianate community in London their own unique cultural and community centre from early 2026.

For more than 30 years the Library for Iranian Studies (now Caspian Cultural Centre) has been serving our community from Woodlands Hall in Acton, west London.  Freehold of this building was purchased from the local authority with funds donated by our patrons and supporters.

Over the years the library has expanded, now home to more than 50,000 books and manuscripts, while we have tried to manage public events in a constantly shrinking space.  A few years ago, the trustees of this charity decided it is time to embark on a major development project to create a purpose-built cultural centre fit for the image, history and heritage of the Iranian community on the world stage.

Early on, the financial support of some of our well-wishers was a great encouragement and motive for us to persevere till completion of this mission.  We are most grateful for their kind support and will express our formal appreciation to them at the appropriate time.

After almost eight years of extensive hard work by the trustees, with the help of an outstanding group of architects, surveyors and other consultants, financed entirely by our development partner, on 24 January 2024 we finally obtained full planning permission for the project from Ealing Council.

The plan is to rebuild he current single story Woodlands Hall as a new nine-story building accommodating a state-of-the-art cultural centre and library on the lower three floors of the building.  The higher floors will be dedicated to student housing, in harmony with our education and cultural mission.  The student accommodation element of the project, to be leased out to universities, will finance the construction cost without any investment by the charity.

 

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