Archives & Special Collections Open Day 2017

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|November 20, 2017|Collections & Research, Teaching & Learning|0 comments

“Amazing! Diaries, photos, maps, SOAS history – absolutely wonderful!” “The range of material is a real testament to the collections SOAS holds” “Useful to see the range of the collection so I can promote it when training students and speaking to staff” “I have a far less abstract idea of the archives and special collections now and feel increased confidence in visiting” Just some of the great feedback from our

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Ottoman sources teaching session

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|September 25, 2015|Collections & Research, Teaching & Learning|0 comments

This week’s blog has been written by Rosa Vercoe, Projects and Operations Manager at LCSS, London Centre for Social Studies, and co-ordinator of the recent Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford, and included a visit to SOAS Archives on 5th August. The LCSS Ottoman Programme is designed to fill the gap for so much-needed short-term courses to help researchers and Master’s /PHD

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Swahili manuscripts workshop

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|September 18, 2015|Teaching & Learning|0 comments

Our guest blogger this week is Angelica Baschiera of the Centre of African Studies who recently led a workshop on Swahili manuscripts held in the SOAS Archives. As part of this year’s SOAS Summer School ‘Understanding Africa’ organised by the Centre of African studies and convened by Dr Seraphin Kamdem, a workshop was dedicated to the SOAS Swahili manuscripts collection on 21 July 2015. Ms Angelica Baschiera, Manager of the

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Swire Graduate Tour

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|September 10, 2015|Teaching & Learning|0 comments

We were delighted to welcome the new Swire Graduate Recruits at the end of August for a visit to the Archives. This is an annual event where recently appointed Swire staff are invited to participate in a series of seminars held at SOAS over three days. The seminars aim to introduce the new recruits to the history and culture of the countries where they are to be posted overseas. The

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‘India: A People Partitioned’ – using oral archives at SOAS

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|March 2, 2015|Collections & Research, Teaching & Learning|0 comments

This week’s blog looks at the ‘India: A People Partitioned’ Oral Archive (ref: OA3) held at SOAS Archives – a significant collection of oral histories relating to the Partition of India in 1947. The 205 interviews in the collection were compiled by the broadcaster and historian Andrew Whitehead for the BBC World Service radio series India: A People Partitioned (1997; 2000) and his later radio and historical work on Kashmir, 1947. The oral archive represents an important social history

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African Missionaries workshop

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|February 23, 2015|Teaching & Learning|0 comments

Visiting the SOAS archives is an important part of the course African Missionaries, convened by Dr Jörg Haustein of the Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS. The course is concerned with the historical analysis of published and unpublished missionary materials pertaining to Africa. It explores how these sources can be read critically in order to gain a better understanding of the complex dynamics between African societies and European missionaries

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Southeast Asian manuscripts workshop

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|February 9, 2015|Teaching & Learning|0 comments

This week’s blog is from Dr Farouk Yahya in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, and describes his recent hands-on workshop in SOAS Archives for students studying the half-unit MA course Illustrated Manuscript Cultures of Southeast Asia. The course is concerned with the arts of the manuscript in Southeast Asia, including those from Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and covers the artistic,

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History Day 2015

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|January 16, 2015|Collections & Research, Teaching & Learning|1 comments

Are you interested in undertaking historical research? Would you like some help with navigating and using library and archive collections? This year SOAS Archives will be taking part in the History Libraries & Research Open Day being organised by the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers, the Open Day takes place in the Beveridge Hall on the ground floor of Senate House

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Archives & Special Collections Open Day, October 2014

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|November 11, 2014|Teaching & Learning|0 comments

On 8th October 2014, SOAS Archives opened its’ doors to all SOAS staff and students for the second Open Day of this year. Aimed particularly at reaching out to those who are new to SOAS, the Open Day followed fast on the heels of Welcome Week and saw 60 visitors who came on behind-the-scenes tours of the archive store rooms and took the opportunity to see the extensive display of

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Kent Law School ‘Legal Treasures’ tour at SOAS Archives

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|July 18, 2014|Teaching & Learning|0 comments

In May 2014, a group of 12 postgraduate students from the Kent Law School visited SOAS Archives as part of their ‘Legal Treasures Tour’, with course tutor, Professor Amanda Perry-Kessaris.  Amanda, who has been developing the Legal Treasures Tour for some years, had previously brought a class to us in 2013.   After a general introduction to the service and a tour of our archive store, the group were left

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