Exploring the Collections: Asian & African

Asian and African - Family Portrait

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Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

The British Library's collection of books, manuscripts, periodicals, archival and electronic resources, and visual arts material, constitute one of the world’s finest resources for the study of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Covering hundreds of languages, the collection includes the earliest items in the British Library’s collections (oracle bones from Shang-dynasty China), and is continually being added to with new publications and new acquisitions. Complementing these collections, the Library also holds sound recordings, maps, and other material from and relating to Asia and Africa.

At this event you will learn about the extraordinary scope of our African & Asian collections, and find out how to access them and unlock their potential to support your research. You will meet our expert staff and other researchers embarking on African & Asian Studies PhDs from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Included in the day is a complimentary opportunity to visit the special exhibition West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song.

See a provisional programme for this event.

To make the most of your day, you may wish to register for a free Reader Pass before the event.

Our annual series of Doctoral Open Days is aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library. Each day focuses on one aspect of the Library’s collections. You are welcome to attend the day you will find most useful to you.  Lunch and refreshments are provided. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Comments from previous attendees:

Helpful information, delivered in an interesting and enjoyable way. A well-organised day.

The British Library is like the toolkit every scholar aspires to have.

Excellent way to make researchers feel welcome.


Name: Exploring the Collections: Asian & African
Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546