In 2007 the TRC was involved in hosting a conference at Leiden University and the National Museum of Ethnology on the forms and uses of prayer beads from various religious and spiritual backgrounds. There was also a small exhibition on the same theme based on items out of the TRC’s extensive collection of prayer beads. Because of the TRC moving to its current premises, etc., the Prayer Bead Project was put on hold with the expectation that we would return to it. This has now happened and a book on this theme is nearly finished. It looks at the history of prayer beads, as well as the main Buddhist, Christian, Eco-Spiritual, Hindu, Islamic, Neo-Pagan and Sikh forms, to name just a few. Many of the prayer beads in the TRC collection are used to illustrate the book (photographs by Joost Kolkman). It is the intention that the book will be published by 2017 and that there will be an accompanying exhibition at the TRC.