Explore Your Archive

Archive I've remembered

This week marks the second year of the Explore Your Archive Campaign – an initiative run by The National Archives and The Archives and Records Association. It aims to encourage people to discover the breadth and depth of material that is available in the many kinds of archives that we have in this country – from The National Archives themselves, to Local County Archives, from business archives to university Special Collections, from heritage sites to small community archives. Such a wealth, some of which is now online, but much more is carefully housed and cared for by archivists up and down the country.

And that, of course, includes the Royal Asiatic Society. Though I haven’t been in post long enough to organise anything official for this year’s Campaign, I would still encourage you to take the plunge and enquire what we have, come and visit, think about the possibilities of using our material in courses, modules, research projects, or for your own interest.

We are easy to contact via email:

Ed Weech, Librarian:  ew@t-creative.com

Nancy Charley, Archivist: nc@t-creative.com

Or phone:  +44 (0)20 7388 4539

We are open Tuesdays and Fridays, 10-5 and Thursdays 2-5. Email or phone us to come for a visit.

The website for the society http://www.royalasiaticsociety.org/site/ gives a taste of some of our treasures, but particularly in the archives, at present, I am discovering new things every week. Here are a couple of pictures to whet your appetite:

Genealogy of the Nausherwanis of Kharan and Makran

Geealogical Tree of Kakar Tribe
 Both of these genealogies were found in a box marked RAS Archives – in the coming weeks I will be researching their provenance.