Carl Peter Thunberg talk by Pauline Chakmakjian5th October 2017
Members of the Society met at the Linnean Society of London when they enjoyed a talk by Pauline Chakmakjian on one of Carl Linnaeus’s most important disciples, Carl Peter Thunberg (1743–1828). Pauline is an expert on Japan, which is where Thunberg carried out his most important work. The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788, the Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829.
Mikala Djørup at the Goldsmiths’ Fair28th September 2017
Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society and their guests enjoyed a talk by Danish Jeweller Mikala Djørup about her recent work at an intimate private event in the magnificent Court Room at Goldsmiths' Hall. After the talk, Goldsmiths' Fair opened its doors giving the chance to view exquisite art pieces and meet some of the world's top jewellers. Thanks to Zhou Lu, Society’s past scholar and Goldsmiths Ambassador, for arranging the event and Mikala Djørup for being such an engaging speaker.
Swedish Gin and Whisky tasting at Aquavit6th June 2017
A bespoke tutored Swedish gin and whisky tasting supper in the relaxed and luxurious Stockholm Room of Aquavit London. An exquisite fish-based meal was served alongside six rare spirits chosen for the tasting. Our guide Johan Tanner from WhiskyABC, explained how the drinks are produced and how the "Swedishness" of the materials is reflected in the distinctive tastes. The event took place on Sweden's National Day.
An introduction to the “London Model”25th May 2017
The Anglo-Swedish Society held a gathering of representatives of the principal Swedish organisations in London to introduce Eric Muhl, the new Rector of the Swedish congregation, at the Athenaeum Club. Each representative made a brief presentation and there was a chance for everyone present to mingle. The collaboration between these organisations in London has come to be known in Swedish diplomatic circles as the “London model”. The evening was introduced by Chairman Alexander Malmaeus and hosted by Michael St John Parker.
2017 Annual General Meeting15th May 2017
The 2017 Annual General Meeting, presided over by Baroness Maddock, saw the election of three new members: Robert Freeman, Professor David Goldsmith and Lu Zhou, all of whom are already active in the running of the Society. After drinks and refreshments, Charlotta Buxton, the London correspondent for Sveska Dagbladet, gave a fascinating talk on Elizabeth Stride, modern attitudes to immigrants and Brexit.
Valborg 201727th April 2017
The arrival of spring was celebrated in style at the Society's Valborg dinner in the famous ballroom of the Savile Club. Johan Hugosson, Tim Hansson Meng and Julia Sigblad performed classical and contemporary music. Members were able to thank Ellen Wettmark for four successful years as Swedish culture attachée and to sing snaps and punsch songs. A sizeable group settled in the club's bar after the event although others went on to Annabel's. SEE FACEBOOK
CoScan International Award 201712th March 2017
Sandi Toksvig, the Danish-British comedienne, writer and presenter was delighted and honoured to be presented with CoScan's prestigious International Award of 2017. She accepted this in front of an audience of nearly 3,000 people at the Royal Festival Hall. The Anglo-Swedish Society is pleased to be a member organisation of CoScan / Confederation of Scandinavian Societies.. Alexander Malmaeus was elected as a member of CoScan's board at its 2017 AGM.
Josef Frank exhibition7th March 2017
The art historian Eva Höög presented the work of designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967) in the first-ever UK exhibition of his textiles. The Austrian-born architect moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design ideas. Together they redefined what is regarded as Swedish Modern. This exhibition was arranged in association with Millesgården and highlighted Frank’s vibrant fabric designs for Svenskt Tenn alongside a number of his previously unknown watercolours.
New Swedish Ambassador30th November 2016
The Society's Patron, H E Mr Torbjörn Sohlström and Mrs Helena Vasquez Sohlström returned to their official Residence at Portland Place after presenting credentials to H M Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The Ambassador's guests were invited to vin d'honneur and the horses were given carrots. The Anglo-Swedish Society was represented by Alexander Malmaeus and Jacqueline Appel-Malmaeus. The Queen's carriages then returned to the Royal Mews. SEE FACEBOOK
SHAKESPEARE IN SONG24th October 2016
Members of the Society enjoyed a very strong performance by internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, actor Simon Robson and pianist Julius Drake. The performance was part of the Oxford Lieder Festival and was held in Sir Christopher Wren’s 1669 Sheldonian Theatre. After drinks with the artists, members enjoyed an informal supper at Quod brasserie.