Sara Chiesura

Sara Chiesura
Lead Curator, Chinese Collections
Chinese Studies
Related Offices
UK China Library Group (CLG), European Association of Sinological Librarians (EASL), National Committee for Information Resources on Asia (NACIRA).

Sara holds a degree in Chinese Studies with specialisation in archaeological-artistic productions obtained at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. She has worked both in Europe and China for various academic, diplomatic and public cultural institutions as teacher, events coordinator and language programs manager.

She has been working at the British Library since 2014 and her duties include the management of the Library’s Chinese collection and the organization of digitisation, learning and other international projects with institutional partners in China.

Sara is particularly interested in the history of books, printing, and publishing, in museum studies, and in contemporary cultural diplomacy.

Twitter: @gattiegirasoli



  • Beyond Paper: 3000 Years of Chinese Writing [with Susan Whitfield and Emma Goodliffe] (2015)

Collection guides

Chinese collection

Includes over 100,000 printed books and 2,500 periodical titles in Chinese

Chinese oracle bones

Among the oldest items in the British Library

Chinese propaganda posters

89 posters dating from 1950 to 1982

Chinese stamps

19th and 20th-century stamps from China

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