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Susan Whitfield

Dr Susan Whitfield is an historian of medieval China and the Silk Road and curator of the Stein and related collections of 50,000 Central Asian manuscripts from Dunhuang and other Silk Road sites at the British Library. She has curated several major exhibitions, lectures internationally and has published many books and articles. She also travels regularly along the Silk Road.

Using technology, old and new, to ensure that the collections are preserved for future generations while made fully accessible for this generation has always been an essential part of her work at the British Library. In 1994, along with colleagues worldwide, she was instrumental in establishing an international collaboration to achieve these aims. Although named ‘The International Dunhuang Project’ (IDP) its remit includes all archaeological artefacts from sites throughout Chinese Central Asia.


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