Special Collections exhibitions

SOAS Archives & Special Collections has contributed material from the Library’s unique archives, manuscript and rare books collections towards a range of local, national and international exhibitions.


Hassan Musa: the artist's stamp , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Jan-Mar 2019


Edith Brown: Medicine Woman , The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven, Cumbria, Jan-Mar 2018

A Legacy to Hong Kong History. Ying Wa Bicentenary Exhibition , Hong Kong Museum of History, Nov-Dec 2018


Music, Faith and Diplomacy Along the Silk Road , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Jul 2017-Mar 2018

Celebrating Art and Music: The SOAS Collections , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Apr-Jun 2017


Academics, Agents and Activists: A History of the School of Oriental & African Studies, 1916-2016 , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Oct-Dec 2016

The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in history and imagination , National Museum, Delhi, Mar-May 2016


Maps of Persia 1477–1925: A graphical journey through the history of Iran , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Jan-Mar 2015

Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation , British Museum, Apr-Aug 2015

Missionaries and Idols in Polynesia , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Jul-Sep 2015


Music in China, Museum of East Asian Art , Bath, Jan – May 2015

The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, May 2014-Sep 2016


Experience Barnsley , Barnsley Town Hall, Jun-Sep 2013

General Fereydoun Djam , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Apr-Sep 2013

The Life & Afterlife of David Livingstone: Exploring Missionary Archives, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Oct 2013-May 2014

The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Oct-Dec 2013


The Printed Image in China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May-Jul 2012

Gifts of Recognition: Modern and Contemporary Art from the SOAS Collections , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Jul-Sep 2012

The Man Who Wouldn’t Run on a Sunday: Eric Liddell in the SOAS Archives , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Jul-Sep 2012

Pirates, Merchants and Shipping on the North China Coast: from the archives of John Swire & Sons , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Oct-Dec 2012

Akbar: The Great Emperor of India, 1542-1605 , Fondazione Roma Arte – Musei, Oct 2012-Jan 2013

David Livingstone, I Presume? National Museums Scotland, Nov 2012- Apr 2013


Centenary of the Xinhai Revolution , National Library of China, Jan 2011

Dirt, Wellcome Collection , London, Mar-Aug 2011

1911 Wuchang Uprising , Beijing World Art Museum, 2011


The Printed Image in China , British Museum, May-Sep 2010

Posing Questions: Being and Image in Asia and Europe , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Jan-Mar 2010


Beyond Diplomacy: an exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and the United Kingdom , Embassy of Japan, London, Sep-Oct 2008

Western Eyes: Historical Photographs of China in British Collections, 1860-1930 , National Library of China, British Library, Sep 2008

Pacific Encounters: Art & Divinity in Polynesia, 1760-1860 , Musée du quai Branly, Paris, Jun-Sep 2008


Objects of Instruction: Treasures of the School of Oriental & African Studies , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Oct-Dec 2007

Picturing China, 1870-1950: Photographs from British Collections , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Oct-Dec 2007

Procession of the Korean Ambassadors , British Museum, 2007-2012


Des missionaries au bout du mond – un siècle de missions en Asie et Océanie , 1860-1960, Archives de Marseille, Apr-Jun 2006

Pacific Encounters: Art & Divinity in Polynesia, 1760-1860 , Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, May-Aug 2006

Power and Taboo: Sacred Objects from the Pacific , British Museum, Sep 2006-Jan 2007


The Colonial and Postcolonial History of the Book, 1765-2005: Researching the Margins , Open University in Association with the University of London Institute of English Studies and Senate House Library, London, Oct-Nov 2005


Goa and the Great Mughal, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal, Jun-Sep 2004

The Indigenous and the Foreign: Art & Architecture of 17th Century Ethiopia , Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Jul-Sep 2004

Asia: Body Mind Spirit – A Major Exhibition of Asian Treasures from the Wellcome Library , Wellcome Collection, Oct-Dec 2004