SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Tibetan Monastery Collections and Museums

IMG - Tibetan Monastery Collections and Museums

Date: 8 November 2018Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 10 November 2018Time: 1:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Workshop


Tibetan monasteries are known as repositories of a wide range of ancient objects. Some of these have found their way to the West, while others still serve their original purpose as part of a monastery’s collection. Originally a considerable part of these collections was an integral part of the furnishing of the monastery and its temples, and thus accessible to the visitor. Today, many monasteries have added museum spaces to their premises. While the original impetus for such spaces appears to be rooted in an attempt to accommodate the needs of tourists, the aims and contents of these vary greatly. These spaces are an expression of a modern transformation, the impact of which on the collections is the main focus of this workshop.

This workshop, thus, addresses the usage, management and display of institutional collections of Tibetan artifacts both in situ and in the West. Its main aim is to reflect on traditional practices and contemporary solutions for dealing with collections in monasteries across the Himalayas with the goal of identifying best practice. The workshop is part of an AHRC - funded research project – ‘Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Collections Today’—which directly collaborates with monasteries in Ladakh and Mustang to document, assess and support the management of their collections. Representatives of these institutions will participate in the workshop along with other international scholars.


Tibetan Monastery Collections and Museums


The workshop will be open to the public but registration will be required.  To register

Organiser: Department of History of Art and Archaeology

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