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.

BATAS annual John Martin lecture: Gallipoli from both sides of the trenches - January 30th 2015

Dr Eugene Rogan, Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History and Fellow of St Antony's, Oxford, will give the 2015 BATAS annual John Martin lecture: Gallipoli from both sides of the trenches - on January 30th at 5.30 for 6pm at the LSE, London.

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BIAA Panel Discussion: The Middle East in Crisis - How Turkey is affected and what role it can play, February 12th 2015

The event will take place at the British Academy at 6.30pm and will feature Yaşar Yakış, former Foreign Minister of Turkey; Rosemary Hollis, professor of Middle East Policy Studies at City University; John Peet, Europe editor at The Economist; Sir David Logan (Chair), UK Ambassador to Turkey 1997-2001

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Changes to Turkish Visa Regulations

Please note that visa on arrival will no longer be available as of 10 April 2014. For further information, click 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.