The British Library is pleased to announce that it is to celebrate the Persian Manuscript Digitisation Project by holding a one-day symposium on the theme of new research on the collections. This all-day event will be held at the British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, on Friday, 31 October 2014, and is sponsored by the Iran Heritage Foundation and other donors.

The Library is in the process of converting to digitised form its catalogue records for Persian manuscripts as well as digitising selected items from its vast collection, with a view to making the data freely accessible online to readers worldwide. The main underlying objectives are to aid scholarship on the cultures and history of the Islamicate and Persianate world, and to help preserve this delicate material for posterity. Although only a small number of manuscripts have been digitised to date, the range is expected to grow over the coming years thanks to continued public and private funding.

Details regarding the programme and registration for the symposium will be posted shortly on the British Library’s website ( The number of places available is limited, for reasons of space, and interested students and scholars are encouraged to apply early. Entrance is open to all; there will be a small charge to cover beverages and a light lunch.

For further enquiries, please contact Muhammad Isa Waley at the British Library:

Yours sincerely,

The Islamic Manuscript Association