The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: Kuruman Mission & the Moffat family

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|1st April 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: exploring missionary archives is running at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until May 2014. This blog series highlights some of the fascinating stories and archives selected for the exhibition from the collections at SOAS Library. This blog looks at the broader historical context at the time of Livingstone’s arrival in Southern Africa. With the British occupation in 1795, the Cape Colony emerged as an inviting mission

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The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: Sechele

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|26th March 2014|Collections & Research|2 comments

The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: exploring missionary archives is running at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until May 2014. This blog series highlights some of the fascinating stories and archives selected for the exhibition from the collections at SOAS Library. Sechele I was Kgosi, or chief of the baKwena, in modern-day Botswana, from 1831 until his death in 1892. Sechele is seen as a visionary leader, warrior and modernizer who laid

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Women’s History Month 2014: Alice Werner: Linguist, Writer and Teacher

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|20th March 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

In celebration of Women’s History Month and UNESCO World Poetry Day, we are taking a look at the life of Alice Werner, writer, poet and teacher of the Bantu language. Born in Trieste on 26 June 1859 and educated in Germany and England, Alice traveled extensively, living in New Zealand, Mexico, America and throughout Europe She is notable for her many achievements. Not only was she was one of the first women to graduate from Newnham College,

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The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: Livingstone the missionary

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|18th March 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: exploring missionary archives is running at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until May 2014. This blog series highlights some of the fascinating stories and archives selected for the exhibition from the collections at SOAS Library. David Livingstone began his career in Africa as a missionary, spending sixteen years in the service of the London Missionary Society, 1840-1857. Stationed first at Kuruman and then at Mabotsa and

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The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: exploring missionary archives

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|10th March 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: exploring missionary archives is running at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until May 2014. This blog series will highlight some of the fascinating stories and archives featured in the exhibition. Based on historical material found in missionary archives held at SOAS Library, and taking as its focus Livingstone’s early years as a missionary (1840-1856), this exhibition seeks to explore the life and after-life of this multi-faceted

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Annual Open Day, February 2014

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|27th February 2014|Teaching & Learning|4 comments

Every year we open our doors to staff and students at SOAS and invite them to come along to our Archives Open Day to learn more about our collections, how to access them and how we care for them. This year’s event took place on February 26th, and, despite competing with the first rays of sun that we have seen this year, proved to be a big draw, attracting over

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Hello

By archives|15th October 2013|Behind the scenes|2 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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