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.

BIAA lecture: Byzantium between Athens and Sparta in Xenophon towards the close of the 5th century BC

To be given by Dr Shane Brennan on April 2nd 2015 at the Turco-British Association at 7PM, for further details please click here

Video for the 'Turkey and Cyprus: Regional Peace and Stability' held at USAK, Ankara, February 27-28th 2015 - now available

The keynote lectures were given by Former Greek Prime Minister Papandreou and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Hikmet Çetin

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'Cyprus and Turkey Regional Stability and Peace', held at USAK, Ankara, February 27-28th 2015

The BIAA delighted to have been involved in organising the first high-profile, bi-communal workshop of its kind on conflict resolution and civil society to be held in Ankara (Former Greek Prime Minister Yorgos Papandreou and Former Turkish Foreign Minister Hikmet Çetin were keynote speakers.

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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.