Welcome to the British Institute at Ankara

Turkey stands at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. The lands within its borders and the surrounding Black Sea region have seen centuries of fascinating history and pre-history. Their legacy: knowledge and lessons of potentially vital importance for all our futures.

The British Institute at Ankara supports, enables and encourages research in Turkey and the Black Sea region in a wide range of fields including archaeology, ancient and modern history, heritage management, social sciences and contemporary issues in public policy and political sciences. Founded in 1948, the BIAA was incorporated in the 1956 cultural agreement between the Republic of Turkey and the United Kingdom. The BIAA is one of the British Academy's overseas Institutes. It has offices in Ankara and London, and a dedicated staff of experts from a wide variety of academic and cultural backgrounds.

Lecture audio of discussion panel - Turkey and the UK: Their Policies towards the EU after their General Elections

The panel included Hikmet Çetin (Former deputy prime minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs), Jack Straw  (British Member of Parliament and former Foreign Secretary), Quentin Peel (senior fellow at The Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs (Chatham House), Soli Özel (Senior Lecturer in international relations at İstanbul Kadir Has University). For the audio video please click here

Library Closing Announcement

The Library will be completely closed to all members from Monday 15/06/2015 until Monday 20/07/2015 due to renovations in the building.

The Summer Closure of the library will extend from Monday 20/07/2015 to Tuesday 15/09/2015. During this period, access to the library is restricted to full members on the weekdays. The library will re-open on Tuesday 15/09/2015.

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Library and Collections

Visit the research resources of the British Institute at Ankara. Here you will find information about the Ankara Research Centre, library and collections, as well as online catalogues and databases.

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Donate to the Pisidia Appeal!
Can you help us support the archaeology of ancient Ariassos and surrounding Pisidia? The Roman Arch at Ariassos was built with some 1,000 stones – if we raise £30 for each stone we can do it. We’re hoping to raise £30,000 for BIAA work in this region of southwestern Turkey.

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Polatlı Excavations

The Polatlı excavations were directed by Seton Lloyd and Nuri Gökçe in 1951.  The work comprised a new investigation into third and second millennium stratigraphy in Anatolia.