Hebraica Libraries Group visit

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|15th May 2015|Collections & Research|0 comments

This week’s blog has been written by Mary Seeley, Subject Librarian (History & Religions, Ancient Near East, Semitics & Judaica) at SOAS. The Hebraica Libraries Group is a joint forum of libraries in the field of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, ranging from major university collections in the UK such as SOAS, Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, and Southampton to specialist collections like the Wiener Library and private religious colleges and institutions such

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Christmas Island & the personal papers of Tom Pearson Cromwell

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|22nd December 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

This week’s blog takes a look at the personal papers of Tom Pearson Cromwell (reference PP MS 33), a British colonial administrator interned on Christmas Island [Territory of Christmas Island, now a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean] during WW2. The name ‘Christmas Island’ dates back to the first European contact with the island on Christmas Day in 1643. Tom Pearson Cromwell was born in 1909. He joined the

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The Man Who Wouldn’t Run on a Sunday: Eric Liddell in the SOAS Archives

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|1st August 2014|Collections & Research|

As Scotland prepares for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2014, our blog this week looks back on a famous Scottish sporting hero who appears in the SOAS Archive collections. Eric Liddell achieved fame as an Olympic athlete whose life is chronicled in the 1981 film, Chariots of Fire. Born in Tientsin [Tianjin], China, 16 January 1902, to Scottish missionary parents, he was educated at the London Missionary Society

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The Christian Aid archive: The origins of Christian Aid Week

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|16th May 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

To coincide with Christian Aid Week – taking place this year between the 11th and 17th May – we highlight today some of the fascinating sources in the archive of Christian Aid which document the origins of the event. The archive, containing the historical records of the charity, is available here at Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library. Christian Aid Week is the annual fundraising drive, which sees millions of

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