Royal Asiatic Society Lectures and Events: Minutes of Events and House Committee

Scope and Content

The signed Minutes and associated correspondence of the Meetings of the Royal Asiatic Society's Events and House Committee.

Administrative / Biographical History

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.
In 1997 it was agreed by the Council that the Events and House Group should be designated as a sub-committee entitled the Events and House Committee. It was agreed at that time that the Committee should have a budget set at the annual budget setting time and that should have a small budget for entertaining visiting lecturers. The first meeting of the Committee took place on 18 September 1997 and is still currently in existence.


The material was arranged chronologically. Some Minutes had been fixed into a notebook. These formed the initial series. Subsequent Minutes formed the remaining series.

Access Information

The current twenty years minutes are closed for confidentiality reasons. Please contact the archivist for conditions of access . 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

As part of the institutional records, they have always been part of the Society's possessions.


The Events and House Committee's remit covers lectures and other events alongside care of the property. It therefore straddles both the Lecture and Events Series of records and those of Property. Researchers of the properties held by the Society may also wish to consult these records.

Archivist's Note

This material was 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 form part of the institutional records of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Related Material

The Council Minutes of the Society (RAS GOV1) would be a useful supplement to these Minutes as would other records concerning Lectures and Events and Property. These are in the process of being catalogued under the heading RAS LEC and RAS PROP. Uncatalogued material has been listed. These lists are available to access in the Reading Room.

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