Opening of the Ismaili Centre, London
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher officially opens the Ismaili Centre, London in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. Photo: Nick Hewer
The Ismaili Centre, London was opened on 24 April 1985 by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. They were joined by government ministers, members of Parliament, diplomats and leaders of the Ismaili community from around the world.
The Centre was widely acclaimed by architectural critics for its design and craftsmanship. The architect was Neville Conder of Casson Conder Partnership of London, with traditional elements of the Islamic interior designed by Karl Schlamminger, a German-born Muslim.
Press release and speech
- Press release announcing the opening of the Ismaili Centre, London
- Speech made by Mawlana Hazar Imam during the Opening Ceremony
- Speech made by Prime Minister Thatcher during the Opening Ceremony