International Dunhuang Project (IDP), British Library
Date: 2022-41-17
The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online

IDP is a ground-breaking international collaboration to make information and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and archaeological sites of the Eastern Silk Road freely available on the Internet and to encourage their use through educational and research programmes.

IDP partner institutions which both provide data for and act as hosts to the multilingual website and database are:

The British Library, London IDP Directorate (English Version)
The National Library of China, Beijing (Chinese version)
The Institute for Oriental Manuscripts, St Petersburg (Russian version)
Ryukoku University, Kyoto (Japanese version)
The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities (German version)
The Dunhuang Academy, Dunhuang (Chinese version)
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (French version)
Research Institute of Korean Studies, Seoul (Korean version)
Major IDP partners providing data include:

The Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
The British Museum, London
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Museum for Asian Art, Berlin
Guimet Museum, Paris

IDP’s many other collaborating institutions provide data and work on joint projects.

Contact person: Luisa Elena Mengoni (