Edith Brown: Medicine Woman

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|January 13, 2018|Behind the scenes, Collections & Research|0 comments

This week’s guest blog comes from Nicola Lawson, Assistant Curator at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven, Cumbria, to coincide with the opening of an exhibition at the Museum, ‘Edith Brown: Medicine Woman’, which runs from 13th January to 25th March 2018. A number of items relating to Edith Brown held in a collection of papers relating to the Ludhiana Medical College (ref: MS 381189) have been loaned to the Museum from

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Miniature Portraits in the London Missionary Society Archive

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|July 3, 2017|Behind the scenes, Collections & Research|0 comments

This week’s blog looks more closely at a fascinating collection of miniature portraits found in the archive of the London Missionary Society, which are currently undergoing conservation treatment to ensure their long-term preservation. The archive of the London Missionary Society is rich in visual materials, including photographs, drawings, paintings and engravings. Amongst this material is a unique collection of 165 miniatures dating from  around 1798 to 1844, primarily watercolour on

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‘Colonial Christian Missions and their Legacies’: reflections on a conference

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|June 30, 2015|Behind the scenes, Collections & Research|1 comments

This week’s blog reflects on a conference held at the University of Copenhagen, 27th-29th April this year, entitled ‘Colonial Christian Missions and their Legacies’. One of our archivists, Jo Ichimura, looks back at the themes and highlights of the conference, which has particular relevance for the many researchers who come in to use the extensive missionary collections held by SOAS Archives. “How are colonial Christian missions remembered or memorialized in

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“Indigenous Australia” & the Dawes Notebooks

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|May 1, 2015|Behind the scenes|0 comments

[Note: This blog may contain the names and images of deceased Aboriginal people] “When the British ships arrived, there were about 270 different Aboriginal languages in Australia. Today, only about 60 or 70 are spoken on a daily basis. Of these, roughly half a dozen are considered to be strong and are being passed from adults to their children, according to John Hobson, a lecturer at Sydney University.” (Source: BBC news

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Conserving Swire’s archives

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|November 17, 2014|Behind the scenes|0 comments

This week’s guest blog is written by Graeme Gardiner ACR, Director of Preservation Solutions, and takes a fascinating behind the scenes look at the professional conservation work currently being undertaken on the archives of John Swire & Sons, held here at SOAS Archives. The conservation of the Swire archive has been ongoing since 2011, and is scheduled for completion in 2019. In 25 years of working as a conservator of archival material, this

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By archives|October 15, 2013|Behind the scenes|0 comments

Drumroll please… This is the first of  many blog posts to come from SOAS Archives, which we hope will shed some light on what we get up to in the basement of SOAS Library on a day-to-day basis. We’ll share our news here of projects we have been working on, and will highlight some of our collections. We’ll also offer tips and practical advice on how to care for collections

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