RAS Lecture and Events: Event Material

Scope and Content

Collection contains both paper based and digital material relating to events and lectures that have been either been organised by the Society or the Society has been actively involved in.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Royal Asiatic Society was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar, Henry Thomas Colebrooke on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter on the 11th August 1824 to further "the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia." From its incorporation the society has been a forum, through lectures, its journal, and other publications, for scholarship relating to Asian culture and society of the highest level.

The Society organises a monthly lecture series covering a wide range of topics. Symposium and study days are arranged from time to time that reflect the interests of the Society and its Fellows.


The collection is arranged as follows:

  • RAS LEC-MAT/1 Event Correspondence
  • RAS LEC-MAT/2 Event Papers
  • RAS LEC-MAT/3 Invitations and Tickets
  • RAS LEC-MAT/4 Menu and Table Plans
  • RAS LEC-MAT/5 Minutes and Agendas
  • RAS LEC-MAT/6 Photographs and Recordings
  • RAS LEC-MAT/7 Programmes

Access Information

Mostly open with some restrictions and closure periods in place. Please contact the archivist ej@royalasiaticsociety.org for more information. The archive is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-5, and Thursdays 2-5. Access is to any researcher without appointment but it will help if an appointment is made via phone or email. Please bring photo ID

Acquisition Information

Material was acquired by the previous archivist when setting up a records management and retention policy. This was listed before being catalogued.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Access is currently limited when accessing digital material. Please contact the archivist ej@royalasiaticsociety.org for more information

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by the Society's Archivist Emma Jones: July 2021

Conditions Governing Use

Open with some restrictions. Please contact the archivist ej@royalasiaticsociety.org for more information. Digital photography (without flash) for research purposes may be permitted for open records upon completion of a copyright declaration form, and with respect to current UK copyright law. Copies of digital material may also be made available.

Photography is not allowed for restricted material and readers will be required to fill out a restricted access form.

Appraisal Information

Institutional material was selected for archival preservation in line with the Society's retention periods and collecting remit. Duplicate material was weeded out and disposed of securely.

Custodial History

Material that has been collected by the Society since its establishment in 1824. Most of this material was located in staff filing systems and transferred to the archivist. Digital material was located within the Society's shared and personal drives.



Related Material

Material relating to event planning and publicity can also be found on the Society's Archives Hub page.