Royal Commonwealth Society Collections, Cambridge - Rachel Rowe



Rachel Rowe is the Smuts Librarian for South Asian and Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge. She wears two hats: Librarian of the Centre of South Asian Studies, and Librarian of the Royal Commonwealth Society collections in Cambridge University Library. She is a former Chair of the South Asia Archive and Library Group (SAALG). Prior to her current role, she was Librarian of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London, and before that Librarian of the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

Twitter: @RM_Rowe

Projects discussed during the interview:

Celebrating 150 years of the Royal Commonwealth Society (1868-2018)
Treasures from the Royal Commonwealth Society
Voices of Civilian Internment: WWII Singapore
Pani, Pahar project with photo-journalist Toby Smith, using photographs from the RCS and CSAS archives


Cambridge Digital Library (CUDL)

Sample Collections on CUDL:
Sukkur Bridge
Colombo Harbour
Faviell collection, Ceylon Railway Views, 1867
John Abercromby Alexander on economic botany
E.J.H. Corner's photographs of the Malay Peninsula and Singapore
Agri-Horticultural School, Aurangabad, Deccan 1908
Lahore town planning


Archives of the British Association of Malaysia and Singapore
Photograph collection of British Association of Malaysia and Singapore
John Weatherstone collection on plantations
Tymms collection on civil aviation