Centenary Ball9th November 2019
The Society's Centenary was celebrated at the Cavalry and Guards Club. The Ambassador of Sweden and Mrs Sohlström, the Very Rev Katarina Bäckelin, Rector of the Swedish Church, and Mr Anders Rydell, the Chairman of the Swedish BV Society attended the Centenary. Also present were council members Erik Berggren (Hon Treasurer), Andreas Nielsen, Prof David Goldsmith, Maggie Dan-Lersten, Cecilia Gejke, Robert Freeman. Further there were The Rev Tereisia Derlén (Swedish Church), Jan Olsson (Swedish Chamber of Commerce) and other distinguished guests. Alexander Malmaeus (Chairman) and Jacqueline Appel acted as hosts and the Society's Scholar, Miss Ami-Louise Johnsson performed. See YouTube & Facebook
Two Tumultuous Tales9th October 2019
As a follow-up to our very popular "Two Kings" talk held in September 2018, the Anglo-Swedish Society organised another event in the elegant hospitable surroundings of the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall. A canapé reception followed by two short talks on "Peterloo 1819 - power to the people or pitiful parade?" and "Ådalen 1931– future foundation or forgotten flop?". Did these events have any resonance in their respective countries at the time, or later on? Is their relative lack of attention today a sign of some unease about whether the authorities acted honestly and proportionately? David Goldsmith and Eric Orlowski presented the evidence the audience passed judgement.
St Giles House Private Tour1st October 2019
A select group of members of the Anglo-Swedish Society visited St Giles House for a guided tour. The 5,500 acre estate is located at Wimborne St Giles in East Dorset. It is the ancestral seat of the Ashley-Cooper family, which is headed by the (half Swedish) 12th Earl of Shaftesbury. When he inherited the estate in 2005, the main house was all but derelict. Since then, he and his wife Dinah have restored it to its former glory, created a thriving events business and family home. Nick Shaftesbury gave the tour himself (with the help of his two dogs) and was very generous to spare a whole afternoon. It was thoroughly appreciated. The group visited the state rooms in the house, the grounds and the 18th Century shell grotto, before having tea and cakes at the end.
Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy20th September 2019
Christina Cadogan arranged a private morning tour for the Anglo-Swedish Society before the public was admitted. Schjerfbeck found artistic success at a young age. She left the Finnish capital for a quieter life that allowed her to concentrate on her work. Nonetheless, keeping in touch with artist friends and the seismic shifts in modern art, she produced some of her most raw and radically abstracted paintings in these years. Schjerfbeck’s striking artworks are famous within her native Finland but until now have been largely omitted from the 20th century art historical canon.
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize – Kira Phoenix K’inan13th August 2019
The Anglo-Swedish Society are delighted to announce that their scholar - Kira Phoenix K’inan, has been shortlisted for Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2019 ... and the exhibition is now open to the public! Ashurst's aim in sponsoring the Emerging Artist Prize and Emerging Artist Programme is to find, build and support the careers of talented international emerging artists and get their art seen by a wider audience.” Read more about the award - www.artprize.co.uk Address: Ashurst LLP, London Fruit & Wool Exchange, 1 Duval Court, Brushfield St, London E1 6PW
Carl Florman: A memoir – Book launch1st July 2019
Carl Florman (1886-1963) served as Sweden’s first ever Airforce Attaché to the United Kingdom in 1922-23. The following year, he co-founded AB Aerotransport (later Scandinavian Airlines) with his brother Adrian. The Florman family and the Royal Air Force Club co-hosted the event. The chairman opened the evening, Mark Florman spoke about his Grandfather, Elisabet Baldwin read entertaining extracts and Air Commodore Rick Peacock Edwards presented the Royal Air Force Club. H E Torbjörn Sohlström was presented with the book for the Ambassadorial Library. SEE FACEBOOK
Ascot19th June 2019
Members and friends of the Anglo-Swedish Society were invited to attend the City University Club’s Royal Ascot Event. A coach had been booked to take us from London to the Ascot Racecourse directly with complimentary nibbles and drinks. Upon arriving, we were greeted and welcomed into the Silk Lawns at the CUC’s tent with a Fortnum & Mason picnic basket waiting for us. The location was ideal for witnessing the Royal Procession and thankfully the weather gods were kind and didn’t interfere with the experience. It was a great success and we are very thankful to our friends at the City University Club for inviting us.
Post-Brexit seminar5th June 2019
Members of the Anglo-Swedish Society and the Society of Swedish Engineers in Great Britain attended a seminar on LONDON’S post-Brexit ROLE FOR SWEDISH TECH FIRMS at Buck's club. Speaker and panel coordinator Dr. Patrik Kärrberg (UCL / Entrepreneur) was joined by Professor Jonathan Liebenau and Dr. Jonathan Dann. A three-course dinner was served after the seminar.
Valborg 201930th April 2019
Members and guests returned to the Society’s favourite location for the annual Valborg dinner: Charles Barry’s historic and exquisite library at the Travellers Club. The society's music scholar Amie Foon (mezzo-soprano) gave a performance accompanied by pianist Nicole Johnson. Grace was said by the Reverend Teresia Derlén, Alexander Malmaeus welcomed members and guests, the Very Reverend Eric Muhl gave a speech to Spring and a thank you speech was given by the Swedish ambassador, H E Torbjörn Sohlström.
100th Annual General Meeting30th April 2019
The Society's 100th Annual General Meeting was chaired by its president, Baroness Maddock, at the Travellers Club. The President opened the meeting by welcoming all members. The whole Council was re-elected with the exception of Christian Kåberg who did not seek re-election due to work commitments and was thanked for his valuable contribution. Peter Floyd, too, was thanked for having supported the society as independent reviewer since 2012. Ransford Agyei-Boamah was elected to replace him. H.E The Swedish Ambassador and his wife were in attendance.