New missionary collection at SOAS: Churches of Christ Missionary Committee

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|20th July 2015|Collections & Research|4 comments

SOAS Archives is pleased to announce that the archive of the Churches of Christ Missionary Committee is now available to researchers (Ref: CoC). The collection was deposited at SOAS Library by the United Reformed Church History Society in May 2015, and adds to the significant range of missionary collections held by the Archives & Special Collections department. Our thanks go to Margaret Thompson, former Archivist at Westminster College, Cambridge, who has

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Southeast Asian manuscripts workshop

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|9th February 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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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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SOAS Summer School on Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|11th July 2014|Teaching & Learning|0 comments

This year SOAS is running a unique three-week summer school on Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition, convened by Dr Mulaika Hijjas and Dr Ben Murtagh from the department of South East Asia at SOAS. Jawi is the adapted Arabo-Persian script used from the sixteenth century to the early twentieth century across Indonesia and the Malay world. Materials written in Jawi include indigenous chronicles and romances, Sufi poetry, letters between rulers of

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The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|4th July 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

A new and exciting exhibition in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery of the Brunei Gallery, entitled The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections, is now running until 2 July 2016. The exhibition highlights the breadth of the region’s cultures as represented in the SOAS collections. It demonstrates the long-term engagement of SOAS Staff and Alumni, whose research and travels have brought this variety of objects to the School. Curated

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