Foundation for Science and Technology

Scope and Content

Correspondence between the Foundation for Science and Technology and the Royal Asiatic Society. These are:

  • Correspondence between the Foundation for Science and Technology and the Royal Asiatic Society concerning the Society subscribing to the Foundation. Four letters and one form, dated 18 May 1990 -12 November 1990.
  • Letter from K. Lawrey, Learned Societies Liaison Officer, Foundation for Science and Technology to J A Payne, Royal Asiatic Society, to send the final version of the guidance paper approved by the Charity Commission on Safeguarding Treasures. Dated 2 September 1997. The paper is with the letter.
  • Letter from K. Lawrey, Learned Societies Liaison Officer, Foundation for Science and Technology to the Chief Executive/Secretary, Royal Asiatic Society, to ask for letters of nomination for a vacancy on the Foundation's Council. Dated 1 February 2000.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Foundation of Science and Technology's purpose is to provide an impartial platform for debate of policy issues that have a science, technology or medical element. The Foundation organises dinner/discussions and workshops on relevant issues when parliament is sitting.

The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar Sir Henry Thomas Colebrooke on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV on the 11th August 1824 'for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia'. It continues as a forum for those who are interested in the languages, cultures and history of Asia to meet and exchange ideas.

Access Information

Open. Please contact the archivist. ej@royalasiaticsociety.org 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

The material is part of the institutional records of the Society from its dealings with other organisations.

Archivist's Note

The papers were catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2019.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital photography (without flash) for research purposes may be permitted upon completion of a copyright declaration form, and with respect to current UK copyright law.

Custodial History

These papers were sent and received by the Royal Asiatic Society in the course of its business.