THE GREAT BRITAIN-RUSSIA SOCIETY
Saturday 12 January 2019, The Civil Service Club, 13-15 Gt. Scotland Yard, SW1A 2HJ at 6.30pm. THE GREAT BRITAIN-RUSSIA SOCIETY’S TRADITIONAL ATMOSPHERIC RUSSIAN OLD YEAR – NEW YEAR PARTY
Welcome drink, 3 course a la carte dinner, musical entertainment with Russian songs from
The 5 strong group “Russian Souvenir” in national costume. We welcome members and their guests.
NOW JUST £26 per person including half a bottle of house wine (or mineral water or soft drinks)
THE SOCIETY’S MAJOR SOCIAL EVENT OF THE YEAR WITH AN UNFORGETTABLE RUSSIAN ATMOSPHERE. LIMITED SEATING. SO BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACES! Please contact either Ute Lynch (membership secretary) or jenny Alexander (treasurer) to reserve places. Payment due on reservation.
PAYMENT FOR THIS EVENT IS EITHER BY CHEQUE (PAYABLE TO THE GREAT BRITAIN-RUSSIA SOCIETY) OR ON THE INTERNET THROUGH OUR WEBSITE. Use the booking icon above not the booking form which relates to a previous lecture session.
Post your cheques (payable to the Great Britain Russia Society) to: The Treasurer, ms Jenny Alexander, 83 Putney Bridge Road, London SW15 2PA
THE GREAT BRITAIN-RUSSIA SOCIETY
Programme for the Winter-Spring Session 2019
Priority booking period for members until January 1st 2019
3 talks will be at 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP. Nearest tube stations are Bond Street & Oxford Circus. 2 talks will be at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
Wednesday 6th February 2019 at 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP, at 6.30 for 7.00 pm
“CRIMEA – A HSTORY”
PROFESSOR NEIL KENT, associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University
In 2014 Crimea shaped the headlines much as it did some 160 years ago, when the Crimean War pitted Britain, France and Turkey against Russia. Yet few books have been published on the history of the peninsula. For many readers, Crimea seems as remote today as it was when colonised by the ancient Greeks.
Neil Kent’s book recounts the history of the Crimea over three millennia. A crossroads between Europe & Asia, ships sailed to and from Crimean ports, forming a bridge that carried merchandise and transmitted ideas and innovations.
Greeks, Scythians, Tartars, Armenians and Genoese are among those who settled in the peninsula since antiquity, a veritable patchwork. Their religious beliefs are almost as numerous: Islam, Judaism, Russian & Greek Orthodoxy, as well as Roman Catholicism. This mosaic is reflected also in places of worship and the palaces which still adorn Crimea: imperial Romanov Massandra, the ‘noble nest’ of Prince Vorontsov at Alupca or the Palace of Bakhchisaray built for the Tartar Khan. For some two centuries Yalta and its environs were a veritable Black Sea Riviera, where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met at the end of the Second World War.
A SCINTILLATING START TO THE SESSION!
Monday 18th February 2019 at Open Russia Club 67 Wimpole St. London W1G 8AP at 6.30 for 7pm
***** A FIVE STAR MAIN EVENT ATTRACTION! *****
“KEY TRENDS IN RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY AND THREAT PERCEPTION IN THE 21ST CENTURY”
MR. MATHIEU BOULEGE (in immaculate English)
Russia is acting as a judge, jury and executioner of the current rules-based, Western– led international order. The talk will explore Moscow’s real and imagined security and threat perceptions as well as address the role of internal factors in Russian foreign policy trajectories. From the place of international sanctions to ‘hybrid warfare’ , the talk will also seek to demystify misconceptions around Russia’s posture against the West and beyond.
Mathieu is a Research Fellow at the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs. His research focus is on Russian foreign policy, defence and military affairs as well as on security issues in Eurasia, [post Soviet conflicts, and NATO-Russia relations.
Before joining Chatham House, Mathieu was a partner at the risk management and strategic research consultancy AESMA, where he worked as director of Eurasian affairs for various business interests and government institutions.
Having trained as a policy and security analyst in the field of post-Soviet affairs, Mathieu regularly publishes articles and papers on Eurasian security and foreign policy questions. He is also a frequent invited speaker at conferences and events around the world as well as a commentator in international media on Former Soviet Union issues.
He graduated from Sciences Po Toulouse in France and King’s College London (M.A. International Conflict Studies).
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO US BY MR. JAMES NIXEY (HEAD OF THE RUSSIA & EURASIA PROGRAMME AT CHATHAM HOUSE) AS “AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES!”
Tuesday 5th March 2019 at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square WC1A 2TA from 5.45 pm
THE AGM OF THE GB-RUSSIA SOCIETY
Complimentary wine reception at 5.45pm. AGM starts at 6.00pm.
Please make sure to attend. We need a quorum.
Then ordinary wine reception at 6.30 or 6.45 pm. Talk starts at 7.00 pm
“ESPIONAGE AND THE TELEGRAPH”
AN ILLUSTRATED LECTURE
MRS. BARBARA EMERSON
HONORARY SECRETARY OF THE GB-RUSSIA SOCIETY
There was mounting evidence that Russia, using the latest technology, the telegraph, was successfully deciphering the British government’s enciphered communications throughout the second half of the 19th century. But it was only with the opening of the Russian archives that the full extent of Russian cipher breaking became clear. By reading the despatches of British diplomats, Russia secured an invaluable tool in pursuing its ambitions in Europe and Central Asia.
Barbara Emerson read PPE at Oxford University and studied for a year at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Later she held a fellowship at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. She is the author of three biographies and has recently completed a book on Anglo-Russian Relations in the 19th Century.
REVELATIONS EXPOSING RUSSIAN EXPERTISE IN GATHERING VITAL INTELLIGENCE. A “MUST ATTEND” LECTURE.
Wednesday 27th March 2019 at OPEN RUSSIA 67 Wimpole St. London W21G 8AP at 6.30 for 7pm
“RUSSIA: ROYALTY AND THE ROMANOVS”
Ms CAROLINE de GUITAUT
Prior to our proposed Group visit by members of The Great Britain-Russia Society (and this is open also to friends and relatives of members) on Saturday April 6th 2019 at 11 am to The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace – to view this major exhibition, which runs from November 2018 to the end of April 2019 – CAROLINE DE GUITAUT will talk to us in more depth about the objects on display and the making of this exhibition..
The British Royal Family and the Russian Imperial family shared a long and often complex history. From enemies to allies, diplomatic impasse to dynastic marriage this lecture explored their shared patronage from grand state gifts to intimate personal mementoes.. Paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and photographs from the Royal Collection’s exhibition “Russia, Royalty and the Romanovs” illustrate 300 years of history, providing a unique insight into the Russian collections in British Royal ownership.
Caroline de Guitaut is Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at Royal Collection Trust, which cares for a collection of approximately 500.000 works of art. She is a leading authority on the work lof Carl Faberge and author of numerous publications on the subject including Faberge in the Royal Collection (2003), Faberge’s Animals: A Royal Farm in Miniature (2008) and Royal Faberge (2011).
Caroline has curated several major exhibitions of Faberge from the Royal Collection and lectured and published internationally. She is the Joint Curator of the current exhibition Russia, Royalty and the Romanovs, which is being held at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace from November 9th 2018 until April 29th 2019. Her major publication , a catalogue raisonne of Faberge in the Collection of Hr Majesty the Queen is due for publication in 2020. (AN ILLUSTRATED TALK).
A UNIQUE PRESENTATION. UNMISSABLE!
Saturday 6th April 2019.Organizing a Group Visit to The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
Assemble outside the entrance to The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace Road by 10.45 am.
Subject to a minimum of 15 members (and/or friends of members) signing up and pre-paying BY SEPARATE CHEQUE payable to THE GREAT BRITAIN-RUSSIA SOCIETY AND POSTED TO: The Hon. Membership Secretary, 43 Kenilworth Court, Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1EN on or before Saturday 23rd March 2019, we will organize a GROUP VISIT TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY APRIL 6TH 2019. Not currently bookable on-line through the website.
GROUP PRICES (PER PERSON) Non Group Prices (per eprson_
Adult £10.80 £12.00
Over 60 years £ 9.70 £10.80
Students £ 9.00 £10.00
Under 17 £ 5.40 £6.00
or Disabled £ 5.40 £6.00
This is the Major Exhibition on “Royalty & The Romanovs” covering 300 years of history and running from November 9th 2018 until April 29th 2019. By April 6th we shall have heard from the two leading curators of this exhibition Stephen Patterson and Caroline de Guitaut.
Thursday 11th April 2019 at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square WC1A 2TA at 6.30 for 7.00 pm
“RUSSIA ON THE COUCH”
Emphatically and enthusiastically recommended to us by Michael Holman, GB-Russia Society member and Emeritus Professor of Russian & Bulgarian at Leeds University
Churchill famously described Russia as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.. But perhaps there is a simpler way of understanding the world’s largest country. As Europe knows only too well from its own history, nations respond to stress and challenge with more emotion than reason, just as individuals facing crisis in their personal lives need clear, unambiguous boundaries and a sense of identity. Over the centuries Russia has had more than its fair share of trauma. So when we stop for a moment to understand, might it be that Stalin, and Putin, and Crimea, and the Skripals, and indeed Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and Ivan the Terrible and the rest in all their contradictions, make more sense than an Enlightened Westerner might immediately find comfortable? Join us for an evening with psychotherapist, Russian speaker and former BBC foreign Correspondent Mark Brayne for an illustrated journey into the heart of Russia. (AN ILLUSTRATED TALK).
Mark Brayne studied Russian at Leeds from 1968 to 1973, spending a year as a student in Moscow and going on to report from Russia and East Berlin for the Reuters news agency. With postings in Germany, Central Europe and China, and as Diplomatic Correspondent for the World Service until 1992, he covered the final years of the Cold War for BBC radio. Retraining in his spare time as a transpersonal psychotherapist through the late 1990s, Mark left the BBC in 2003 to set up the Dart Centre Europe for Journalism and Trauma, and specialises now in the treatment of PTSD, not just among journalists. Married since 1975 (with a short 14-year break for divorce) to his German wife Jutta, whom he met in Moscow, Mark is a keen photographer and long-distance cyclist, and will be setting off just a few days after this London talk to pedal from Moscow to Teheran via Volgograd and Tbilisi – including, he hopes, a dogleg to Chechnya which he last visited in 1972.
YOU JUST SIMPLY DARE NOT & MUST NOT MISS THIS TALK! SOMETHING ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE AND SPECIAL. A FASCINATING FINALE TO THE SESSION.