Gloria Musaealis, Prague 16 May 2019

May 16, 2019: Couple of weeks ago. Dr. Antonin Reiter one of the directors of The South Moravian Museum in Znojmo (Czech Republic) contacted me to inform me that my last book "Heirloom of Steel" had won the prestigious museum prize Gloria Musaealis 2018. As mentioned before, I wrote the book as the main author and editor and my other colleagues who contributed to some chapters were Mr. Marco Briccola, Mr. Rainer Daehnhardt, Mr. Petr Eckl, Ms. Vanna Scolari Ghiringhelli and Dr. Bohumil Planka. On May 16, I flew to Prague early in the morning to take part in the important event of Gloria Musaealis.

Title of the book: Heirloom of Steel: The Collection of Oriental and Asian Arms and Armor in Znojmo Museum (The Czech Republic)

Author and Editor: Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani

Co-authors: Marco Briccola, Rainer Daehnhardt, Petr Eckl, Vanna Scolari Ghiringhelli, Dr. Bohumil Planka

Forward: Dr. Jiří Mačuda

Publisher: South Moravian Museum in Znojmo

Each year all museums in the Czech Republic take part in this important competition. The prizes are given to museums in three categories:


- Best exhibitions

- Best publications

- Best innovations for museums and museum studies


The book "Heirloom of Steel" won in the category of best publications. 43 books were shortlisted in the final competition. In the second step only four books won the museum prize for the best publication. I am really proud to say that "Heirloom of Steel" was among these four books.

The 4 books which won the museum prize among 43 short-listed books are as follows:

Left side: Museum Romani Culture; "Amendar: An Insight in the World of the Romani Personalities“

Right side: Museum of the City Brno; "A New Building Brno 1928“

Left Side: South Moravian Museum Znojmo; "Heirloom of Steel"

Right side: Museum Cheb; "Flora Soosu and the Surroundings“

From left to right:

- Dr. Bohumil Planca (Nihonto expert and member of the Czech-Japanese Cultural Center)

- me

- Ms. Vladimíra Durajková (General Director of the South Moravian Museum in Znojmo)

- Dr. Antonin Reiter (Director of South Moravian Museum in Znojmo)

To see a video about the event click here.

The event took place in the picturesque building of Wenceslas Square, where the National Museum is located. The whole event was accompanied by professional songs and two professional moderators who moderated the whole event. I would like to thank all my colleagues there and also all Czech people. This is a special price as the book "Heirloom of Steel" was the only book which was not directly connected to the Czech cultural heritage and goods but dealt with oriental and Asian arms and armor kept in a Czech museum. This adds more weight to this prize for us.

Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani