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 (BIAA) is internationally renowned for over 60 years’ work supporting, enabling and encouraging world-class research in Turkey and the Black Sea region in the fields of  history, archaeology and related social 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.

Book launch and panel presentation of 'The Role, Position and Agency of Cusp States in International Relations', November 26th

This event will be at the Turkish-American Association in Ankara, November 26th at 7pm for more information please click here

Launch of first book in BIAA/I.B. Tauris series 'Turkey and Politics of national identity'

November 14th 6.30pm at NIHA, Ankara for details and to register please click here

Professor Erik-Jan Zürcher will give the 2014 BIAA Annual Lecture, "From Imperial Capital to global City: Transformations of Istanbul 1914-2014"

This event will take place at the British Academy in London, December 4th 2014 at 6.30pm

for more details and in order to book tickets please see the events section of the website

for more information please click here

The British Institute at Ankara is advertising for the 2015 Research Scholar

The closing date for applications has been extended to Monday 10 November and interviews will be held in London on 18 November.

For further information see here


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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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Online Payments

To make payments online please visit the Member Services section of the site where you can manage memberships, book accommodation and equipment and purchase JSTOR access.

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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.