RSAA members have access to a range of activities that enrich their understanding and appreciation of Asia.

Asian Affairs

The Society’s respected journal,  Asian Affairs, is published quarterly by Taylor and Francis,  It was first published as the Journal of the Central Asian Society and has been in continuous production for over 100 years.  Members receive hard copies of the journal (cost for non-members £162/year) and have free online access to the entire back catalogue of articles and book reviews.

Talks, dinners and panel discussions

The RSAA runs a programmes of open lectures, small panel discussions and dinner events in London, with expert speakers from a wide range of disciplines. Members can attend, bring guests, and watch previous lectures online. In addition to current affairs, topics include history, art, archaeology, anthropology, culture, travel and other special subjects connected with Asia.

Library and Archive

The RSAA’s library contains several thousand books spanning the breadth of Asia.  Approximately one-third is housed at the RSAA London offices, while the majority of the collection is now housed at Haileybury school.

The Society’s extensive Archive of images, maps and personal papers can be consulted at the London offices.

The Library and the Archive catlogue can be consulted online here.  It is advisable to phone the office to check on opening times before visiting.


The RSAA periodically awards two medals, the Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal and the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal, to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their contribution to knowledge and understing of Asia. The Society also administers two awards for young people: the RSAA Travel Award for purposeful travel by young people aged between 21 and 28, and the JPT Award for medical students undertaking electives in Asia.

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