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Pardaad Chamsaz writes about the Nordic Collections at the British Library; Karin Sjölin Frudd about SveaBritt 40th anniversary celebrations; Brita Green on Living with two languages and the CoScan Travel Award. The Anglo-Swedish Society is a member organisation of the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies. Read Newsletter 2022-1


A Zoom talk and virtual tour of Åbo Svenska Theater, the Åbo Swedish Theatre, was given by the theatre’s head of Communications, Maria Olin. This outstandingly beautiful theatre is the oldest in Finland, among the oldest theatres in Northern Europe and is still primarily in its original form. The first theatre in Finland was built...


HRH The Prince of Wales

We are delighted to announce that HRH The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM has agreed to become the Society’s new Patron, alongside HM The King of Sweden and HE the Swedish Ambassador. HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was our Patron from 1954 until his death last year. Lord Alan Beith Kt...


Valborg Dinner

The Swedish Ambassador, HE Mikaela Kumlin, attended the society’s first Valborg dinner since 2019. The London Nordic Choir led a full house in song at the Travellers Club on Pall Mall as members and guests welcomed spring in the traditional manner. The dinner followed the Annual General Meeting, chaired by our President, Lord Beith PC.

Tjolöholm Castle

Author and photographer Elisabeth Svalin Gunnarsson spoke online about this exceptional country house in the Swedish province of Halland. It was designed in the English style by Lars Israel Wahlman (1870–1952) for the shipping magnate James Fredrik Dickson (1844-1898). The house was inherited by Dickson’s daughter Blance Bonde in 1906 and became a registered historical...


Sweden’s Royal French Regiment

Professor Neil Kent and Captain Clement Chevalier spoke about a Swedish regiment that participated in France’s greatest military campaigns during the reign of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. Régiment de Royal Suédois played a part during the American War of Independence, fighting alongside Lafayette and General George Washington until the victory at Yorktown....


Computational Design & Architecture

Dr Henrik Malm, Architect and Computational Designer at FOJAB, gave a talk on how innovation is driving sustainable design. Dr Malm gave a talk to the Anglo-Swedish Society in June 2017, while he was working at Foster + Partners in London. In 2014, he was awarded a scholarship by the Society of Swedish Engineers in...


CoScan Magazine

Among articles of general interest this time we have an article on place-names of Scandinavian origin in Britain and an update on the state of radioactivity in Nordic reindeer caused by the Chernobyl accident. Further, as December is upon us, we look at where Christmas trees from Norway have been donated since the Second World...


Håkan Mogren 1944-2021

The former President of our sister society, the Swedish-British Society (Stockholm), Dr Håkan Mogren, has died aged 77. After being vivaed for his DSc at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan with a thesis entitled ”Mechanical disintegration in the processing of single-cell protein”, he devoted his career to industry. Firstly as CEO of the confectionary company Marabou AB...


In the Shadow of a Saint

The renowned author Eivor Martinus talked (in English) about her recent book I Skuggan av ett Helgon which explores the role Swedish Saint Birgitta’s (c 1303 – 1373) daughter Katarina (c. 1332 – 1381) played in her life and how she was instrumental in the foundation of the Bridgettine convent. Without her, St. Birgitta would...


Dealing with the Dead in the Viking Age

Professor Neil Price of Uppsala University, arguably the global doyen of matters Viking, and the author of a superb book on Viking history and culture, The Children of Ash and Elm (2020) gave a fascinating talk to our members. Neil shared with us his scholarship and learning around a very interesting facet of that remarkable...


Ami-Louise Johnsson in Prague

The Anglo-Swedish Society's music scholar Ami-Louise Johnsson shared Second Prize at the prestigious Oskar Nedbal Viola Competition in Prague. The jury could not decide who would be given 1st prize so they decided for us to split the shares of both prizes, although Officially no one received the 1st. Ami-Louise also won the prize for the best interpretation of Oskar Nedbal Romantic Piece op.18.

Secret Stockholm

Doctor Claire Thomson gave a talk to the Society about the use of short film by the Swedish Government. Her talk, entitled Screening Mid-Century Sweden, focused on the use of short information films by the Government of Sweden following the end of World War II. In the wake of WWII, governments, businesses, and international organisations...


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Over the last year it has however become clearer that Britain has moved significantly away from its former partners in the European Union. Deals are still made, quarrels flare up but are apparently resolved, we are all still talking to each other; but we in the UK are clearly now outsiders, and shall remain so...


Frank Heller and England

Professor Wilhelm Engström, editor and co-author of the recently published book “Frank Heller och England” gave an online talk on the author's adventurous life and relationship with England. We were most grateful to our sister society, the Anglo-Swedish Society in Gothenburg, for arranging this joint event.

Sir Roger Gifford 1955-2021

Sir Roger Gifford, the respected London banker and great supporter of the Anglo-Swedish Society, has died aged 65. On being sworn in as the 685th Lord Mayor of London in November 2012, Roger invited the Anglo-Swedish Society to enter a float in the Lord Mayor's Show to represent the Kingdom of Sweden. Lady Gifford and he generously hosted an Anglo-Swedish Society ball at the Mansion House in October 2013. Although grand events at Mansion House usually end at 11pm sharp, they allowed members and distinguished guests to dance until the small hours.

Josefin Roos

Author Josefin Roos gave a fascinating talk about her latest critically acclaimed book Black Swallow (‘Svartsvala’) 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...


Swedish-British-Indian cooking

The Swedish-British Society (Stockholm) hosted its first ever cook-along, led by culinary diplomat Sanjoo Malhotra. Sanjoo has lived in Sweden for the past 25 years, giving Indian cooking classes and conducting culinary tours to India. Download recipes with a list of ingredients to see what was prepared. There was also a discussion of the historical...


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.