Before we had Blogs!!

We often use this blog to advertise, record and comment on the various lectures given at the Society. This week, as I was sorting through a box of RAS Archives, I came across the 1930s equivalent. Somebody has created a scrapbook of the lectures with biographies of the speakers, abstracts of the talks and newspaper reports. Here are a few of the pages:

For those interested in dolmans and cairns, Mr Hunt lectured on Megalithic burials in South India in 1932
Sir Reginald Johnston, Professor of Chinese at the University of London, lectured to a packed audience on the imprisonment of Emperor Kuang-Hsu by the Dowager Empress.

 A photograph of the Dowager Empress, found in a different box, was featured on a previous Tweet.

Jeanne Cuisinier, in 1934, spoke on her research into, and experiences of, Malay magic.

Anyone for afternoon tea? The reception at Lancaster House marked the 1000th Anniversary of Al-Mutanabbi in 1936

Al-Mutanabbi is considered as one of the greatest poets in the Arabic language. Much of his poetry revolves around praising the kings he visited during his lifetime. Some consider his 326 poems to be a great representation of his life story. He started writing poetry when he was nine years old. He is well known for his sharp intelligence and wittiness. Al-Mutanabbi had a great pride in himself through his poetry. Among the topics he discussed were courage, the philosophy of life, and the description of battles. Many of his poems were and still are widely spread in today’s Arab world and are considered to be proverbial ( We have copies of some of his works here in the RAS collection.