WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE RSAA?

The RSAA hosts free lectures for members every other week during term time. Lectures typically take place on a Wednesday in a Central London location, and if the lecture is at 1.15pm it is preceded by an optional buffet lunch. Wine is served before evening lectures.

In addition to the lecture programme, there are also a number of social events where members and their guests can meet others with similar interests.

Although a printed calendar is sent out to members, dates and venues are subject to change and additional events may be added to the calendar at short notice. It is therefore advisable to check this online calendar for the latest details.

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN MAY

Can we rebuild the Kasthamandap? Rescue, Archaeology and Reconstruction in Post-Earthquake Kathmandu

10 May 2017

Can we rebuild the Kasthamandap? Rescue, Archaeology and Reconstruction in Post-Earthquake Kathmandu

The two earthquakes which struck Nepal in 2015 caused a human catastrophe. Not only did they inflict loss of life and livelihoods, they also destroyed parts of Kathmandu’s unique UNESCO World Heritage site. The monuments were not just ornate structures but living monuments playing central roles in the daily lives of thousands. Furthermore, their rehabilitation is of economic importance as they represent a major source of tourist income and employment. Whilst there is a social and economic desire to rapidly reconstruct, a UNESCO funded pilot mission led by Durham in November 2015 recommended that such activities must be preceded by rescue excavations to evaluate subsurface foundation stability with detailed recording and scientific analysis as few architectural studies have considered them. This would provide an understanding of how monuments were built and developed, facilitating their enhanced rehabilitation and resilience but also playing a key role in information sharing and capacity building as damage has already been inflicted on monuments by architects and engineers within the UNESCO site during post-disaster reconstruction.  Grants in 2016 from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council and National Geographic Society have provided additional funds to complete research on the Kasthamandap, Kathmandu’s eponymous monument.

Presented by Professor Robin Coningham, UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, Durham University

Where: The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD [Nearest Underground Stations Euston Square or Warren Street]

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.

Tickets: Free. Members and their guests only.

Biennial Dinner [ Black Tie Event ]

17 May 2017

Biennial Dinner [ Black Tie Event ]

The Society’s Dinner will be held in the Gladstone Library at the Royal Horseguards’ Hotel, 2 Whitehall Place, SW1A 2EJ at 7 for 7.30 pm. on Wednesday 17 May 2017. It is hoped that our Patron, HRH The Duke of York will be present.  Dress:  Black Tie or equivalent and decorations. The entrance to the Suite is to the right of the main door to the Hotel.

THE PRINCIPAL GUEST AND SPEAKER WILL BE:

His Excellency Shaukat Aziz

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan

Further details and the Speaker’s topic will be added in due course.

Where: Gladstone Library at the Royal Horseguards’ Hotel, 2 Whitehall Place, SW1A 2EJ

7 for 7.30 pm.

Dress: Black Tie or equivalent and decorations.

Tickets: Members and their guests only: £75 (includes dinner and wine)

Thomas & Lucy Atkinson: Pioneers in Central Asian Exploration

24 May 2017

Thomas & Lucy Atkinson: Pioneers in Central Asian Exploration

The talk is about Thomas and Lucy Atkinson in Eastern Kazakhstan 1847-1852 and a trip that presenter Nick Fielding took with a group of 10 descendants of the Atkinsons back to Kapal in the Semirechye region of Eastern Kazakhstan – the place where Lucy gave birth to their son, Alatau Atkinson, in the foothills of the Djungar Alatau mountains. It was an extraordinary trip, with incredible pageant and feast in Kapal. They also had the opportunity to travel to some of the others places associated with the Atkinsons. Nick will also tell of the importance of the Atkinsons in terms of Central Asian exploration. Today they are barely known, but they were real pioneers. In 1859, for example, Thomas gave detailed evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee on Central Asia and at that time there appeared no-one in Britain who knew more about this region than he did. The Atkinsons were in these remote parts of Central Asia almost a decade before Semyon-Tianshansky, for example, and almost 30 years before any other British travellers. Lucy, who wrote her own book – one of the earliest travel books written by a woman – was certainly the first Western woman to visit these places and spent almost six years alongside her husband travelling across large parts of Central Asia, Siberia and parts of Mongolia.

Presented by Mr Nick Fielding.   Nick is a former senior reporter on The Sunday Times and was chief investigative reporter on the Mail on Sunday. He now works as a reporter for the investigative news website Exaro.

Where: The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD [Nearest Underground Stations Euston Square or Warren Street]

Lecture starts at 7.00pm. Drinks and nibbles available from 6.15pm.

Tickets: Free. Members and their guests only.

Society Tour

RSAA 2017 TOUR OF SUMATRA

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24 MAY

UPCOMING EVENT

Thomas & Lucy Atkinson: Pioneers in Central Asian Exploration

Where: The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD [Nearest Underground Stations Euston Square or Warren Street]

Lecture starts at 7.00pm. Drinks and nibbles available from 6.15pm.

Tickets: Free. Members and their guests only.

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