International Dunhuang Project (IDP)
Photos: Courtesy of the British Library.
Sam Van Schaik has worked with the Stein Collection at the British Library for the International Dunhuang Project (IDP: http://idp.bl.uk) since 1999. In the beginning, Sam worked on the Central Asian manuscripts from the Tibetan imperial period. Between 2002 and 2005 Sam compiled a detailed catalogue of the Tibetan tantric manuscripts from Dunhuang.
At the moment Sam is engaged in an ongoing research project on the palaeography of the Tibetan and Chinese Dunhuang manuscripts.
Recent publications include Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang (Brill, 2010) and Manuscripts and Travellers: The Sino-Tibetan Documents of a Tenth-century Buddhist Pilgrim (de Gruyter, 2010).
Talk: Dunhuang Collections, the History of Preservation and Development
Conservation of Chinese Graphical Collections, 13th Apr 2010