Events of interest to our members form an important part of the Anglo-Swedish Society's agenda. Some 12-15 are organized every year and highlighted in our newsletters, produced three times yearly. Although there is often an obvious Swedish connection, we take the view that members meeting up and getting to know each other is the key factor in these popular get-togethers. The events are often combined with a lunch, dinner or evening drinks. To apply for ticket, go to the Payment section.


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Baltic Neighbours: A History of Competition, Conflict, and Co-operation

9 September 2020 (19:00 - 20:00)
Zoom, 5 Upper Montagu Street

We very pleased to announce that Caroline Boggis-Rolfe, noted lecturer and historian, has accepted an invitation to give a Zoom talk on “Sweden and the Nordic nations” with special focus on the relationship with Denmark.

Caroline recently published a major book The Baltic Story: A Thousand-Year History of Its Lands, Seas and Peoples (Amberley Publishing 2019) which received great reviews. We will also be talking with her more broadly in a Q+A session after her lecture. David Goldsmith and Eric Orlowski will be on hand to try to ensure that the whole evening is both memorable and informative.

Attendance is open to members of the Anglo-Swedish Society and sister societies abroad. Please register by email and login details will be sent nearer the time:


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Anglo-Danish Dinner

22 October 2020 (18:30 - 18:53)
Tower of London,

Anglo-Swedish Society members are invited to join the Anglo-Danish Society at their next black tie dinner at the Headquarters of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment in the historic setting inside the Tower of London where we have unique and exclusive access.

Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the Fusilier Museum from 6.30pm, followed by dinner in the Officers’ Mess Dining Room with hosts from the Regiment. The aim is to also attend the very popular, ancient and most atmospheric Ceremony of the Keys at 9.53pm precisely.

Dress code: Black Tie with medals

Price to be confirmed.

Enquiries: Bette Broyd, Honorary Secretary

Please pay the Anglo-Danish Society, National Westminster Bank, Sort Code 55-70-13 Account No 78325285.
Payment reference: Your name and event (essential for identification),.

Alternatively, you can pay by cheque made out to ‘Anglo-Danish Society’ and send it to Mr Alan Davey, Hon. Treasurer, 40 Princes Way, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2JW

It is hoped that this event can go ahead as planned.

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The Phantom Carriage

1 December 2020 (19:00 - 20:15)
Zoom, 5 Upper Montagu Street

Dr Claire Thomson (UCL) will give a talk on the classic Swedish film The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen in Swedish, literally ‘the coachman’). This talk marks the centenary of the première of the film on 1 January 1921. Adapted from the 1912 novella by Selma Lagerlöf, The Phantom Carriage is considered to be one of the most important works of the silent cinema and of its director Victor Sjöström. Sjöström is often referred to as the father of Swedish cinema and was a great influence on Ingmar Bergman who cast him in what is now his best known role, as Professor Isak Borg in Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället, 1957).

In The Phantom Carriage, Sjöström, in addition to directing the film, plays the leading part, David Holm. Technically, the film was well ahead of its time, with innovative special effects, deep focus and flashbacks within flashbacks, that remain effective and evocative today. The film is based on a legend that the last person to die on New Year’s Eve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s carriage and spend the whole year collecting the souls of the dead. David Holm is an alcoholic scoundrel who has abandoned his family and rejected the help offered to him by the Salvation Army. Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve he is killed in a brawl with another drunk. He becomes an apparition and is forced to revisit his past in a series of flashbacks.

Claire Thomson is Associate Professor of Scandinavian Film and Director of Film Studies at UCL. Claire often features The Phantom Carriage in her teaching, and the film never fails to enthral students from all over the world. Claire is the author of the books Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen (Seattle, 2013), Short Films from a Small Nation (Edinburgh, 2018), and co-editor of A History of Danish Cinema (Edinburgh, 2021).

Selma Lagerlöf’s novella The Phantom Carriage is available in English from Norvik Press, translated by Peter Graves.


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Valborg 2021

30 April 2021 (19:00 - 23:30)
Travellers Club, 106 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5E

Having skipped a year due to the Covid-19 outbreak, members and guests are invited to return to the Society’s favourite location for the annual Valborg dinner: Charles Barry’s historic and exquisite library at the Travellers Club.

We will welcome spring with singing and laughter and one of our music scholars will perform.

Dresscode: Suit and tie

£40 (25 & under)/ £90 (member)/ £100 (non-member)