Anglo-Swedish Society


19 June 2024 (10:00 - 18:00)
Royal Ascot

24 June 2024 (11:45 - 14:30)
Midsummer lunch

26 June 2024 (11:45 - 15:00)
Goodworth Clatford Vineyard

30 June 2024 (18:00 - 20:00)
Dr Isabelle Gapp – Book Launch

1 July 2024 (17:00 - 19:00)
Roundtable Series – Society of Antiquaries London


Goodworth Clatford Vineyard

Cecilia (nee Rydström) and Mark Haszlakiewicz, have invited us to visit them at their boutique one acre vineyard in the ancient settlement of Goodworth Clatford in the Test Valley, Hampshire where they have lived for over twenty years. In 2016 they planted traditional Champagne grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in what was the old paddock. The first harvest took place in 2018 and the first bottles of sparkling wine were opened in 2021 to critical acclaim (including the award of a gold medal in an International wine competition). Our tour, ...


NATO Talk at the Swedish Embassy

Colonel Per Appelkvist spoke about Sweden’s NATO membership at the Swedish Embassy to a packed audience. Colonel Per Appelkvist is Swedish Military Attaché to the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The talk was titled “From Non-aligned to NATO”. The event was held in conjunction with the Society of Swedish Engineers in Great Britain.  

Valborg Dinner 2024

On Walpurgis night, the society celebrated the arrival of spring in great style at the annual Valborg dinner held at the Travellers Club in Mayfair. The evening began with a champagne reception. The guests then went up to the beautiful and intimate surroundings of the library for a three-course dinner. The highlight of the evening...


Annual General Meeting 2024

The Annual General Meeting was held at the Travellers Club directly before the annual Valborg dinner. Lord Beith, President of the society, chaired the well attended meeting. The events, good works and scholarships that had taken place in 2023 were discussed and the Annual Accounts were approved. Lord Beith also announced the new members of...


Kira Phoenix Kinan – Solo Show

Our 2016 glass and ceramics scholar, Kira Phoenix Kinan, is having a solo exhibition, ‘Living Rooms’ at 67 York Street, London W1H 1QB, running from 26 February to 3 March 2024. Kira says, “Since 2020, I have been delving into colour through exploring how we as individuals see colour, translating colour theory into glass sculptures and...


Ekman and Bergman – A Tale of Two Giants

The writer, researcher and critic Fredrik Gustafsson gave a very insightful online talk on the two greats of Swedish cinema – Hasse Ekman and Ingmar Bergman. Although Bergman is the best-known of the two, Gustafsson talked about the importance of Hasse Ekman and the collaboration and competition between the two men. Ekman was an actor...


Christina Cadogan

Jan Ankarcrona hosted a talk by art expert and Council Member Christina Cadogan about the dawn of modernism in Nordic art. The event was held jointly with the Anglo-Finnish Society. Hugo Simberg, Hilma af Klint, Helene Schjerfbeck, GAN and Isaac Grünewald were key figures, and Simberg’s granddaughter Ann Simberg attended the talk.


Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society were invited to attend a stage rehearsal of Strauss’s Elektra at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Stockholm-born soprano Nina Stemme sang the title role. Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of the Greek tragedy Elektra here receives a new staging from the award-winning director Christof Loy, and is conducted...


2023 Punsch Ball

Our annual Punsch Ball took place on the 4 November at the Savile Club in the heart of Mayfair. The guests were entertained at a drink’s reception by the harpist Heather Brooks from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During the three course dinner the clarinettist Raymond Brien and the pianist Robert Hao gave...


Maasai beaded belt

The Anglo-Swedish Maasai beaded belt – Hand beaded in Kenya. – 6000 beads on a size 36 belt – The ONLY source of employment for an impoverished community – Bespoke sizes available (i.e. 35, 37 etc.) by emailing – Up to 4 weeks delivery time – £90 (£95 size 42+) including presentation box, postage...


Christy Symington at The Queen’s House

As part of Black History Month renowned artist Christy Symington talked about of sculpture of Olaudah Equiano, the writer, freedman, and abolitionist. He was known during most of his life as Gustavus Vassa named after Gustav Vasa, who was elected King of Sweden (and Finland) 500 years ago.

Sigismund Dinner

The Anglo-Swedish and Anglo-Finnish societies arranged a King Sigismund Dinner at the Polish Club’s Ognisko Restaurant. 2023 is the five hundredth anniversary of the accession of King Gustav Wasa to the Swedish (including Finnish) throne. His grandson, King Sigismund Wasa, was the only person to have been ruler of Sweden, Finland, Poland and Lithuania. All...


Ivar Kreuger Talk

Professor David Goldsmith presented a gripping and entertaining talk on the “most famous Swede nobody ever talks about” to a packed audience in Mayfair. David spoke about the infamous “Match King” Ivar Kreuger, his life, work and dramatic downfall. With the use of slides and even original shares certificates from the period, David took us...


Sir John Ure 1931-2023

The Society's Vice-President and former Chairman (1992-96) has died at 92. John Ure joined the Foreign Service in 1956, where he rose to become Counsellor (intermittently serving as Chargé d'Affaires) in Lisbon from 1972 to 1977, Ambassador to Cuba from 1979 to 1981, Ambassador to Brazil from 1984 to 1987, and Ambassador to Sweden from 1987 to 1991. In Who's Who, John Ure lists his pastime as "Traveling in remote and uncomfortable places and subsequently writing about it comfortably." Sir John is survived by his wife, Lady Caroline Ure.

Mils Bridgewater

Our Art Scholar Mils Bridgewater writes: I am delighted that one of my favourite pieces has been chosen to be part of the Royal Society of Marine Artist’s exhibition at the Mall Galleries from the 20th to the 30th of September. This piece was inspired by the waters around Stockholm while on a residency at...


Raymond Brien

The Anglo-Swedish Society were delighted to be able to sponsor young, talented, British clarinetist, Raymond Brien, travel to perform at the Hjorted Art and Music Festival. Raymond is a graduate of the Royal Academy and currently on trial as principal clarinet with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The festival took place in Småland, Sweden, and champions...


Michael Downey

The society recently sponsored UK author and film maker Michael Downey to travel to Fårö in June to take up his role as Writer-in-Residence at the Bergman Center. This is the foundation dedicated to Ingmar Bergman. The Bergman Estate is open to writers, artists, scholars and journalists from around the world. The estate is managed...


Amie Foon

Congratulations to our 2017-2019 music scholar, who was presented with the prestigious Friends’ Opera Scholarship, by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Theatre on 7 June. The scholarship was established by the Friends of the Drottningholm Theater Association and is worth SEK 100,000. Amie is a mezzo-soprano who graduated from the...


Gustav Wasa 500 years

Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society and Anglo-Finnish Society joined together to celebrate the five-hundredth anniversary of the election of Gustav Wasa as King of Sweden and Grand Duke of Finland. Eleven days after his election, Gustav Wasa made a triumphant entry into Stockholm and twenty-one years later he abolished Sweden/ Finland’s hereditary monarchy and established...


Sweden-Russian War 1808-1809

Professor David Goldsmith gave a fascinating talk about the Swedish-Russian War of 1808-9 and its immense consequences for Sweden and Finland. The talk took place at St. Anne’s Church, Soho. We are very grateful to David for so generously giving up his time and to the Anglo-Finnish Society for hosting the event.

Valborg 2023

Spring was well and truly welcomed at our recent Valborg celebrations in the convivial surroundings of the Travellers Club in Piccadilly. The guest of honour was the renowned author Ulla-Lena Lundberg who was in London to give her talk earlier in the week. The Oxford and Cambridge Scandinavian Societies were represented, and our music scholar...


Ulla-Lena Lundberg

The renowned Finland-Swedish author Ulla-Lena Lundberg spoke to members and friends of the society about her work and gave a brief introduction to Swedish literature. Ulla-Lena is probably best known for her 2012 novel Is, translated into English as Ice for which she received the Finlandia Prize. The event was held in the intimate setting of the...


Eivor Martinus 1943-2023

The author and translator, Eivor Martinus has died at the age of 79 years and 11 months. She debuted with a youth novel in 1971, followed by four more novels, seven biographies and non-fiction books, and four of her own plays that were staged in England. Her most outstanding cultural achievement, however, consists of a large number of translations of classic Swedish plays into English. READ MORE

The Baltic Cauldron

The Baltic Cauldron was launched at Queen Anne’s Gate on 13 March. This book portrays the relationship between the Swedish and British Navies over 500 years of extraordinary events in the Baltic region. This ground-breaking study is filled with new insights and contains much previously unpublished information, some based on Swedish sources which are not...