Archives & Special Collections Open Day
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Date: 21 November 2012Time: 11:00 AM
Finishes: 21 November 2012Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Special Collections Reading Room, Level F, Library
Type of Event: Open Day
Looking to discover first-hand insights? Improve your research quality & potential? Or just curious about SOAS's fascinating collection of archives & manuscripts?
Archives & Special Collections at SOAS Library will be opening its doors to all students and staff from 11am to 4pm on Wednesday 21st November.
Come along for a chance to view a showcase of material from our diverse and unique collection of archives and manuscripts, as well as the opportunity to take a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the archive service.
Every year around 3,000 people visit Archives & Special Collections at SOAS Library to undertake primary research using our collections in a wide-range of academic disciplines, from linguistics to development studies. Our collections have also been used by course-leaders to support and enhance group teaching and learning through hands-on sessions.
Did you know? Our collections:
- Document the British interaction with Africa, Asia, the Middle East and beyond, charting the transition from the colonial world to the globalised present
- Contain some of the earliest surviving written and visual accounts of languages, cultures and histories across the world
- Include the archives of missionary societies, NGOs and pressure groups, and commercial companies, as well as the papers of individuals, including academics, journalists, and writers
- Include over 7,000 individual manuscripts in over 100 different languages and thousands of rare books dating back to the 15th century
Our behind-the-scenes tours begin in the Special Collections Reading Room (Library Level F) and will be allocated on first-come-first-served basis at the following times: 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30.
"Fascinating to hear about what is available. Really enjoyed seeing how everything is stored. Great displays really gave a flavour of the material" (Open Day attendee, February 2012)
If you wish to visit us and do not already have a SOAS Library card, please see the our admission procedures prior to the Open Day.
Organiser: Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4180