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RAS Collections Open Evening

March 17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

On Tuesday 17 March 2020, at 6.30pm, the Royal Asiatic Society will host a Collections Open Evening. As with similar occasions in the past, the evening will feature a series of short talks about items from the collection. It will also provide a rare opportunity to get “up close and personal” with rarely seen artworks, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and early printed books from the Society’s collections.

We are delighted to welcome three speakers to discuss their experiences working with the Society’s collections:

  • Rebekah Harbord will talk about the conservation of fragile Indo-Persian miniature paintings of Laylá and Majnūn, believed to date from the mid-sixteenth to mid-seventeenth century
  • Arantza Dobbels will discuss the conservation of several maps, drawn by Indian artists in the 1830s, depicting the sacred island of Sivasamudram and the bridge over the Kaveri river
  • Sonetra Seng will describe her work cataloguing and arranging photographs and other materials from the Society’s H.G. Quaritch Wales collections, which document Hindu and Buddhist antiquities from South East Asia

As well as enjoying a presentation from each of our speakers, attendees will have the opportunity to view the objects featured in the talks, in addition to some other rarely-seen treasures from the collections. We will also welcome attendees with a reception including a glass of wine and light refreshments.

We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable and stimulating occasion. The event is free and open to all, but we would be grateful if attendees could RSVP to Amy Riach at ar at royalasiaticsociety.org.


March 17
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Amy Riach
ar at royalasiaticsociety.org


Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre
14 Stephenson Way
London, NW1 2HD United Kingdom
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