Monday, 28 January 2013

News from the Southeast Asia Library Group
A new issue of the SEALG Newsletter is available to download from the SEALG homepage 
It contains some of the fabulously illustrated papers which were presented at the 87th SAALG Conference / SEALG Annual Meeting 2012, including “Cartoons and propaganda from North Vietnam during the early stage of the Vietnam War” by Dr Sud Chonchirdsin, “Operation ‘Nip-Off’: some aspects of the repatriation of Japanese troops from South East Asia at the end of the Second World War in the Far East” by Dr Sue Sutton, “Ancient Buddhist Monasteries in Burma” by San San May, and “Islam, Trade and Politics across the Indian Ocean” by Dr Annabel Gallop.
SEALG has also launched a blog, which you can elect to follow by email, or RSS feed:  
It will contain regular updates about SEALG activities, annual meetings, events, conferences, exhibitions, developments in SEA librarianship and news from partner organisations.  
To post information on the blog, contact Jana Igunma at the British Library or Doris Jedamski at Universiteit Leiden.

Friday, 18 January 2013

New affiliation between the SADACC Trust and SIfA

I have been asked by Diana Grattan, Collection Curator at the SADACC Trust, and known to many SAALG members, to let you know about an exciting new affiliation between the South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust (SADACC) and the Sainsbury Institute for Art (SIfA) at the University of East Anglia.

The South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust was established in July 2010 as a charity (RCN 1137415) and in December 2012 it became affiliated to the University of East Anglia through the Sainsbury Institute for Art (SIfA).  Under this agreement SIfA and the SADACC Trust are working together to establish a South Asian Study Centre and Museum.  This involves SIfA using the collection and library as an educational resource in its teaching programmes and assisting in the development of the Museum.  The SADACC Trust, in turn, will help fund SIfA postgraduate work and continue to fund the development of the museum and work of the Trust.

For more information, please contact Diana Grattan at the Trust,

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Medical History of British India podcast

Happy New Year!

My talented colleagues in the National Library have made a film of me talking about the Medical History of British India project. The 4 minute film gives an overview of the content of the online reports.

It also shows what very few people actually see – the rolling stacks where the original reports are stored as part of the India Papers collection. It is very satisfying that through funding from the Wellcome Trust, digitisation technology and the work of National Library of Scotland staff these pages can now be read around the world. For free!

Enjoy the video.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

88th SAALG Conference - Friday 8th February 2013 - The Mughals

SAALG is very pleased to announce that its next conference will take place on Friday 8th February at the British Library. The day will focus on The Mughals and will include talks on Mughal, music, art and the Mughal imperial library. There will also be a fantastic opportunity to view the current British Library exhibition Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire with highlights presented by the curatorial team.

A folio from the Royal Asiatic Society's manuscript Persian 239 which bears the seals
of several Mughal Emperor's and is displayed in the current British Library exhibition 

The full program for the day is:

10.15 - 10.45    Arrival, networking and refreshments
10.45 - 11.00    Welcome by Dr Malina Roy (Curator of Visual Arts, British Library)
11.00 - 11.40    The 'Spurious' Jahangirnamah: A Preliminary Study. Dr Saqib Baburi (Teaching Fellow, Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS)
11.40 - 12.20    The Mughal Imperial Library. Ursula Sims-Williams (Curator of Iranian Collections, British Library and Honorary Librarian, Ancient India and Iran Trust)
12.20 - 13.00    SAALG Business Meeting
13.00 - 14.00    Lunch
14.00 - 14.40    'Cultivation and connoisseurship: the social history of musical manuscripts in Mughal India' Dr. Katherine Schofield (Lecturer, Music Department, Kings College London)
14.40 - 15.20    'Image and essence in the Akbarnama' Emily Hannam (MPhil Student, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford)
15.20 - 16.00     Guided tour of highlights of the British Library Exhibition 'Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire'
16.00 - 17.00     Additional time to view the exhibition

The conference fee including the visit to the exhibition is £15 payable on the day. Although lunch is not included the British Library has a number of food and drink establishments on site and so there will still be an opportunity to network with colleagues during the break. For more details visit

If you would like to attend please email Helen Porter, SAALG Chair at for a booking form or more information, by Friday 1st February.