Eastern Approaches

Useful Info

The links on this page are to some of the main sources of information in the UK about parts of the world visited by Eastern Approaches.

Travel Information

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The British Government’s Foreign Office website. This provides up to date information for all travellers. It is possible to register for free e-mail updates on particular countries.


BBC World News

This website also provides specific country guides and profiles.

Books, Maps and Travel Guides

These are some of the useful sources for more specialized publications in the UK.


One of the world’s largest map shops.

Daunts Bookshop

Bookshop specialising in travel.
83, Marylebone High St., London, W1M 3DE.
Telephone: 02072242295


A useful website to search for out of print and secondhand books.


The Magazine for Connoisseurs of Turkey

Organisations with Specialist Knowledge

Asia House

A focal point and centre for all who have an interest in the business, diplomatic and cultural interaction between Asia and Britain.

Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE)

Area of specialist study is Egypt and the Sudan, the Arabian Peninsula, and northwards through Iraq to Turkey, Greece and the Ottoman Balkans, from the earliest times to the mid-20th century.

British Foundation for the Study of Arabia

The BFSA seeks to advance public knowledge of Arabia’s cultural heritage.

British Institute at Ankara

The Institute supports, promotes and publishes British research focused on Turkey and the Black Sea litoral in all academic disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences.

British Institute of Persian Studies

BIPS is an academic body associated with and financially supported by the British Academy, promoting scholarship and research in all aspects of Iranian Studies.

British Museum Members

In the collections of the British Museum the world can write the new histories that it needs to understand its past and shape its future.

Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)

The CBRL is the British Academy sponsored society for research into the humanities and social sciences in the Levant.

Great Britain – Russia Society

The GBRussia Society is a registered charity seeking to develop understanding of Russia through a regular and lively lecture programme and other activities.

Iran Heritage Foundation

The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK registered charity with the mission to promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran and the Persian world.

Iran Society

The Iran Society acts as a non-political gathering point for those who are interested in Iran’s heritage and culture.

Royal Academy of Arts

An independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate

Royal Asiatic Society

The Society provides a forum for those who are interested in the history, languages, cultures and religions of Asia to meet and exchange ideas.

Scotland-Russia Forum

The aim of the Scotland-Russia Forum is to promote interest in Russia and its neighbours in order to improve understanding of those countries in Scotland.

V & A Members

The world’s greatest museum of art and design