The School of Oriental and African Studies is a public research university in London dedicated to research on Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Part of the University College London, SOAS is locally known for its interesting events, exhibitions and lecture programmes, all of which revolve around issues of democracy, development, human rights, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion and social change and aims to provide new ways of interpreting the world’s complexities.
At the main campus of SOAS you can find the Brunei Gallery. Opened in 1995, the gallery consists of a exhibition space spread over three floors, a book shop, a lecture theatre and conference and teaching facilities. The gallery hosts a changing programme of contemporary and historical exhibitions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Its pièce de résistance is a Japanese style roof garden, built in 2001 and dedicated to forgiveness and quiet contemplation. As such, the space is meant to complement the gallery and offer time and space for reflection. The gallery is part of the Museum Mile and only a short walk from the British Museum.