THE ROYAL SOCIETY FOR ASIAN AFFAIRS
Formerly the Central Asian Society, the RSAA was founded in 1901 to promote understanding of Asia.
Golden Buddha in West Bengal
The RSAA prides itself on having one of the best lecture programmes in London. Members can attend in person, or watch past lectures online.
The Sun Temple at Martand
The RSAA's well-respected journal is published three times a year. Members receive hard copies and can also access articles online.
Tiles from the Ulug Beg Madrassa in Samarkand
TOURS AND EXPEDITIONS
Exploration is at the heart of the RSAA. We organise regular, members-only tours to all corners of Asia, including remote destinations.
Nubra Valley, Ladakh
LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES
The RSAA conserves a library of several thousand books, and also a significant archive of photographs, slides, maps and personal papers.
The Kalyan Minaret in Bukhara
The RSAA is registered charity 212152 and educates the public through its lectures, journal and 6th Form Day for schools.
Dard Children in the Suru Valley, Kargil
Asian Affairs Blog
The official blog of the RSAA and the Asian Affairs journal
Short articles, accounts and commentary of interest to RSAA members
Golden Buddha in West Bengal
INTRODUCTION TO THE RSAA
The RSAA is a lively, London-based society with members around the world. We seek to promote understanding and appreciation of Asia through lectures, social events and publications.Find out more >
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Photography & Slides
Our photographic collection contains images from the late 19th century to the present.Find out more >
Our map collection includes hand-drawn and printed maps covering all parts of Asia.Find out more >
We conserve the personal papers of historical figures, as well as paintings and sketches.Find out more >
Chance to see rare early photos of China: https://t.co/8vub538era03 November 15
Mongolia: Secrecy, Taboo, and the Sacred Tomb of Genghis Khan
Where: Lunchtime lecture. Venue: The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly. Lecture starts at 1.15pm and ends around 2.30pm. A sandwich lunch is available from 12.30pm and must be booked via the office by 2.30pm the day before. £7 & £10.
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LATEST NEWS Show me all news
5 January 2016
The RSAA is now inviting applications for this award to be received by 26 February 2016.
Full details below.
25 November 2015
As we wait to see how a new Myanmar will emerge, Alex Bescoby will talk on this subject at Goldsmith's University on 2 December.Read full story >
14 October 2015
Prof. Maamoun Abdulkarim, Director-General of Antiquities and Museums for Syria is to give the human story from behind the headlines.Read full story >
13 October 2015
The Royal Asiatic Society have acquired papers re Thomas Manning.Read full story >