LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies (3rd-7th August 2015) London, UK


London Centre for Social Studies is delighted to offer researchers, academics and postgraduate students the opportunity to enhance their skills on archives and Ottoman studies to be held 3-7 August, 2015.

The training for Archives and Ottoman studies will:

Help you develop your core research skills through workshops, talks and training sessions at libraries.
Provide you with guidance to become more familiar with key institutions and sources.
Develop your research skills to use archives and original documents and access the relevant sources in your area of interest.
Provide networking opportunities with colleagues based in the UK for future research opportunities.
At the end of the training programme you will possess an enhanced understanding of archival management principles of doing research and how to put these principles into practice.

The Training for Archives and Ottoman studies is a five-day programme with the following sessions:

Day 1 – August 3 Monday

Welcome Speech

10:00-11:00 IntroductoryTalk by Professor Salim Ayduz – Director of Heritage Department at British Muslim Heritage Centre, Manchester (UK) and the Programme Convener.

The Programme Convener will deliver a talk on Ottoman studies in the UK including the research that they have conducted in this field and the methodologies used.

Why British resources are so important for the Ottoman Studies researchers?

The relations between the Ottoman State and the British Empire go back to the middle of the sixteenth century. The centuries-long process of interaction included exchange of knowledge and information in the field of science, technology, education and arts, and greatly benefited both sides. Today British libraries, museums and educational institutions offer highly valuable sources illustrating important milestones in the history of Ottoman State and its interactions with the British Empire. The LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies in UK offers a great opportunity to students and researchers with the relevant interests for studying these unique sources in London.

Day 2 – August 4 Tuesday

The National Archives

10:00 – 13:00 Half day Workshop

A half-day workshop covering broad skills and methodology including Discovery the TNA catalogue, an overview of medieval and early modern collections, the Foreign Office indexes and registers and an overview of modern collections.

DAY 3 – August 5 Wednesday

The National Archives

10:00 – The participants will get the opportunity to exercise the knowledge and skills that they have acquired from the TNA workshop through independent research. You will receive guidance and advice from TNA colleagues on request.

At the end of the TNA training all participants will receive various relevant handouts including presentation slides.

The TNA training on Ottoman and Archival Studies will be conducted by Dr Juliette Desplat and Dr Nick Barratt.

DAY 4 – August 6 Thursday

The British Library and Museum

10:00 – 11:30 British Library Tour

The tour covers the history of the British Library and its collections, and explains how the library store their items and how they are requested and delivered to researchers in the reading room. You will find out about the jewel in the crown of the library’s collections. The tour will take you behind the scenes into a book handling room and also to the viewing platform, where you can see researchers inside the Humanities Reading room. Finally the group will be taken to the Treasures Gallery, where some of the most precious and iconic items are on display.

11:30-13:00 British Library – Ottoman Archives

The group will be taken to the Ottoman archives at the British Library and they will be briefly informed about the archives. You will have an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the archives with the help of experienced researchers.

DAY 5 – August 7 Friday

Museums of London

Visiting Victoria and Albert Museum

Visiting an Auction House to see Ottoman Manuscripts

Suggested Visit: Imperial War Museum and Senate House Library

Please note that places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Attendants will be given a ‘Certificate of Attendance’ at the end of the programme.

Please send any enquiries to

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