Royal Asiatic Society participates in Open House 2014

At the end of September, we were delighted to participate once again in the annual Open House weekend, welcoming visitors to our building throughout the Saturday afternoon. Visitors were welcomed by RAS staff and benefited from wonderful tours and talks by Kaveh Bakhtiar and Lionel Knight. Visitors enjoyed visiting our Council Room and Library Reading Room, where they could appreciate many of the Society’s wonderful treasures on display; and members of the public also had a rare opportunity to view the top floors of our building, which are home to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.   
RAS Council member Kaveh Bakhtiar led tours throughout the RAS building during Open House
RAS staff and volunteers on the day were struck by the interest and enthusiasm shown by visitors for the history, values, and collections of the Society. Open House provides a wonderful opportunity for us to meet people who otherwise, in the normal course of events, may not ever make a trip here. We hope to see some of our new friends back here again in future! 
RAS Treasurer Lionel Knight talks about some of the artworks on display in the Library
The Society provides free public access to its collections, and our Library is open Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-5pm, and Thursdays 2pm-5pm. We also host regular free public lectures: highlights this year include “Chinese Workers in World War One France” and “Sir William Jones and the Gods of Greece, Italy and India”. We encourage applications for Fellowship from anyone with an interest in the history, languages and cultures of Asia—more details are available on our website ( 
RAS Director Alison Ohta provides an introduction to the Society for visitors during Open House