Brunei Gallery, SOAS

Brunei Gallery, SOAS
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
Greater London




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020 7898 4046


020 7898 4915


020 7898 4259

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The Brunei Gallery is an exciting modern venue situated in the heart of London, a five minute walk from the British Museum. Opposite the main entrance to the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University), Europe's leading centre for the study of Asia and Africa, the gallery is dedicated to showing work of and from Asia and Africa, of both a historical and contemporary nature, through a programme of changing exhibitions.

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Opening hours

10.30 - 17.00 Tuesday - Saturday.

Closed: Sun and Mon.
please check for additional weekend opening times for certain exhibitions

Admission charges


Getting there

Nearest underground: Russell Square

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Photography, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections

  • 28 May 2014 — 2 July 2016 *on now

The objects displayed, many for the first time, have a wide chronological span, are diverse in nature, comprising manuscripts (written on bark, palm leaves, copper sheets and paper), textiles, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics and paintings, and reflect the variety of religions, cultures and languages to be found across this vast area. The objects come from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, and range in date from circa 1000 BCE to the twenty first century.

Suitable for

  • Any age
'Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One'

'Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One' Exibition

  • 9 July — 28 September 2014 *on now

The story of Sikhs in WWI will be told through original artefacts including unpublished photographs and drawings, newspapers and comics, postcards, stunning works of art, uniforms, gallantry medals, and folk songs sung by the wives left at home. It will also feature a unique album of X-Rays of wounded Indian soldiers’ injuries by kind permission of The Royal Collection, Windsor.

It offers a unique opportunity to learn about this largely unknown aspect of the war and will also feature:

• a cinema zone featuring rare archive film footage including of the first Sikh fighter pilot
• sound recordings of Sikh POWs captured on the Western Front
• The Trench kids' activity zone and a public Wall of Remembrance
• a pre-story section including original artefacts from the days of the Sikh Empire
• a series of associated Sunday Symposiums featuring expert speakers.

Suitable for

  • Any age


  • Punjabi

Services and facilities

Additional info

Open: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:30 - 17:00 (Late night Thursday until 20:00)
Closed: Mondays and Bank Holidays (and Sunday 3 August)


Phone: 020 7898 4046 (recorded information) F. 020 7898 4259 E.

Groups of ten or more are requested to book in advance to avoid disappointment or overcrowding.

For further details of the exhibition including Sunday Symposiums featuring expert speakers, debates and performances (these are ticketed at £10, concessions available) see


Getting there

Nearest underground: Russell Square