Anglo-Swedish Society


29 April 2021 (17:00 - 18:00)
Swedish-British-Indian cooking

12 May 2021 (19:00 - 20:00)
Josefin Roos – Black Swallow

22 April 2022 (19:00 - 23:30)
Valborg 2022


Josefin Roos - Black Swallow

Author Josefin Roos has written for both adults and younger children. She will talk about her latest critically acclaimed book Black Swallow ('Svartsvala') that was published late last year, and about her earlier books. In Black Swallow, Lucía recovers consciousness after a stroke. She has no short-term memory and has to re-learn everything from scratch. Her doctor tells her that she is liable to have another stroke any time and that a pregnancy would be particularly dangerous, but she meets someone and has a child ...


Sweden’s Contribution to the 2021 International Booker

Translator Nichola Smalley (Anglo-Swedish Society Scholar 2007-08) and author Andrzej Tichý are on the longlist for the International Booker Prize 2021 for the English translation of the novel Wretchedness (‘Eländet’). To celebrate this, the Swedish Embassy in collaboration with SELTA (Swedish English Literary Translators’ Association) hosted a live streamed event on Thursday 15th April featuring the duo in conversation. The talk was moderated by Dr Anja Tröger, Teaching Fellow in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

UK Parliament: Hansard

The UK Parliament was recalled a day early to allow members to tribute to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Our President, the Rt Hon the Lord Beith, gave the following address to the House of Lords:
"... I want to refer to his patronage of organisations... by highlighting simply one of them in which he took a close interest: the Anglo-Swedish Society... The Duke’s patronage of the Anglo-Swedish Society was no mere formality; he was actively interested in what the society was doing, particularly its work in bringing talented young Swedes to the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Art, contributing to our own national cultural life."

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

It is with great sadness that we note the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT. He become Patron of the Anglo-Swedish Society in 1954, over 65 years ago. The 60th anniversary of this Patronage was celebrated at Buckingham Palace on 4 November 2014. His Royal Highness became Patron when Major-General Sir Harold...


Raising SS Egypt

The P&O Liner SS Egypt sank off Brest in 1922. Amongst its cargo was £1million in gold. Neil Sandberg described the salvage of the cargo, which was at a depth of 65 fathoms (400ft). The deepest known salvage until then was at 25 fathoms (150ft), so very few believed that recovery was possible … apart...


Swedish Pioneers

A talk by Professor David Goldsmith and Erik Orłowski exploring how the Swedish emigration crisis of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries spawned the birth of Swedish Social Democracy. David described the emigration, its causes and consequences. Eric explained the impacts on Sweden in the first part of the 20th Century, with special focus...


The Linnean Society

The Anglo-Swedish Society is pleased to welcome the Linnean Society of London as its newest Corporate Member. The two societies have had an association for many decades and it is hoped that this marks an even closer connection in the future.

Carl Linnaeus

Dr Isabelle Charmantier of the Linnean Society of London gave the Anglo-Swedish Society a virtual tour of the Linnean Society and a talk about Carl Linnaeus. She was supported by Dr Will Beharrell. An edited version of the talk, including the Q&A session, will be published on our YouTube Channel.

Call for Nominations

The prestigious CoScan Nordic Person of the Year Award recognises achievements and outstanding merit of an individual, body or group related to one or more of the five Nordic countries. The 2020 award was presented to Jo Nesbø, the renowned Norwegian author. You can see a video of the ceremony on the CoScan YouTube channel....


Nordic Light in Swedish Painting

In a talk with the title “How Swedish Art achieved its own identity in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century“, Christina Cadogan, Art Advisor and Director of Cadogan Fine Arts, spoke about how artists in Sweden forged a Nordic identity and celebrated their culture through painting by turning to history, folklore, literature and the unique...


Travel Award

The CoScan Travel Award helps young British people visit a Scandinavian country. It is open to anyone between the ages of 15 and 25, planning to undertake a worthwhile project of a broadly educational nature. READ MORE The closing date for applications for a Travel Award grant is 31st March 2021. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM. CoScan...


The Phantom Carriage

We were delighted to see so many members and friends join us for a virtual talk by Dr Claire Thomson (UCL) on the classic Swedish film The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) on 1 December. This talk marks the centenary of the première of the film on 1 January 1921. Adapted from the 1912 novella by Selma...


St Andrew’s Day Gala

We were delighted to see many of our members and friends at a Zoom gala event hosted by our sister organisation, the Swedish-British Society (Stockholm), celebrating St Andrew’s Day 28 November. Traditionally a ball, the event was successfully held as a virtual event with over 60 people joining. We sang and listened to music and...


Lord Beith Elected

We are delighted to announce that The Right Honourable the Lord Beith PC was elected as the new President of the Anglo-Swedish Society at the Annual General Meeting on Friday 6 November. Lord Beith succeeds his late wife, Baroness Maddock (1945 – 2020), and has been a great supporter of the Anglo-Swedish Society since their marriage in 2001. Lord Beith is...


Gustavus Adolphus Day

Charles Stern (2010-11 scholar) gave a talk about the innovative work of Studio Stern. The application of the latest digital fabrication technologies to traditional glass and ceramic production is yielding some astonishing results. Current music scholar Ami-Louise Johnsson (violin & viola), accompanied by Pau Vendrell Vilardaga (piano) performed pieces by Bartok, Milhaud and Faurè. Johan...


Animals That No One But Us Has Seen

Linda Bondestam gave an excellent presentation to the Society’s largest gathering to date. Members and friends particularly enjoyed her charming poetry readings from some of the children’s books that she has illustrated. Linda is one of the Nordic’s Countries’ best-known artists, illustrators and authors, and her playful use of colour is delicately balanced with the appropriate...


Sweden and the Nordic Nations – a Baltic Perspective

Caroline Boggis-Rolfe, noted lecturer and historian, gave a talk based on her recent book “The Baltic Story: A Thousand-Year History of Its Lands, Seas and Peoples” (Amberley Publishing 2019). She answered questions after the Zoom talk. David Goldsmith and Eric Orlowski were on hand to ensure that the discussion was both memorable and informative.

Paul Binding on Selma Lagerlöf

Paul Bindiing is a literary critic, novelist, and a renowned expert in Scandinavian literature. He gave an engaging and highly informative talk via Zoom on the work of Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940). Paul Binding describes her as a truly great writer – profound, original and virtuous. SShe was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel...


Charlotta Buxton

Journalist Charlotta Buxton described what she sees as three British legends and historical events that have informed both Brexit and the British response to Covid-19. From a mostly forgotten myth that speaks of Britain’s founding father to two great fires and an intrepid scientist’s attempt to prove everyone else wrong – these stories can shine...


Professor Anders Hallengren new book

World Scientific Publishing is proud to announce that they will publish “Ocean Bound Women” by Anglo-Swedish member and former speaker, Professor Anders Hallengren. This is the history of the Swedish sailing-ship Atlantic (1876–1911) and its crew, including its master mariner Johan Axel Söderström and his seafaring family. A main feature of the book is the first diary from a circumnavigation written by a Scandinavian woman, which stands out as a uniting text for the whole storyline. The publishers will be offering members of the Anglo-Swedish Society an exclusive discount and we hope to hold a book launch in spring 2021.

Tea and Coffee in Britain and Sweden

Professor David Goldsmith and Eric Orlowski gave their third joint talk. This time the topic was “Tea and Coffee in Great Britain and Sweden”, which provided a springboard for an exploration of two nations’ customs, histories and international trade routes. In England (in particular) the archetypal cup of breakfast or afternoon, tea is a cultural...


Baroness Maddock 1945-2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Diana Margaret Maddock, Baroness Maddock, Lady Beith. She succeeded Inga-Stina Robson, Baroness Robson of Kiddington, as our President in 1999. Baroness Maddock's tireless and enthusiastic work for the Anglo-Swedish Society will be honoured by the creation of a scholarship in her name. She served as Member of Parliament for Christchurch from 1993 to 1997 and was created life peer as Baroness Maddock of Christchurch in the County of Dorset on 30 October 1997. From 1998 to 2000, she was President of the Liberal Democrats. She had an active career at the House of Lords. At the time of her death, she was co-chair of the British-Swedish All-Party Parliamentary Group. READ MORE

National Day Honour

We are proud to announce that our sister organisation, the Anglo-Swedish Society of Gothenburg, will receive a Swedish flag on Sweden’s National Day. Only ten flags are awarded each year to organisations who have made a significant contribution to Swedish society. The presentation is usually made by HM The King at Skansen in Stockholm. However,...