Welcome to The Royal Asiatic Society

The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar, Henry Thomas Colebrooke, on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV on the 11th August 1824 ‘for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia’.

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Covid-19 Response

The Society’s Reading Room has now re-opened on an appointment basis and we continue to run an active hybrid events programme. Staff are contactable and should you have any enquiries, can be reached by email:

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Latest News: Lectures, Collections and Prizes

6 May 2021
Thursday 14th October – Professor Simon Kaner: The Rehabilitation of Myth in the Archaeology of Ancient Japan and Korea This event will take place at 6.30pm as a hybrid event.


6 April 2021
Applications are now closed for the 2021 prize.

March and April Events

26 March 2021
March and April 2021 Events


10 March 2021
APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR THE BAYLY PRIZE 2021 Submissions are now invited from graduates of any British or Irish university who have completed and been approved for the Ph.D degree for a thesis in the field of Asian studies in a subject falling within the scope of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society or of Modern Asian Studies.

Upcoming Events

2 February 2021
14th October:Dr. Simon Kaner, The Rehabilitation of Myth in the Archaeology of Ancient Japan and Korea
21st October: Prof. Marc Baer, Book launch: The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs
28th October: Prof. Dionisius A. Agius, Book launch: The Life of the Red Sea Dhow: A Cultural History of Seaborne Exploration in the Islamic World

These events will take place at 6.30pm GMT over Zoom and in person at the Royal Asiatic Society.

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