Anglo-Turkish Society

  • image courtesy of Bora Ates
  • image courtesy of Bora Ates
  • image courtesy of Hale Uslu

Welcome to the Anglo-Turkish Society

The Anglo-Turkish Society was founded in 1953 with the object of strengthening and developing the historical ties of friendship and understanding between the peoples of Britain and Turkey. Four of the original seven members of the Society’’s management Council are current members.

We had a major fund-raising campaign following the 1999 Turkish earthquakes, assisting more than twenty children who had lost parents and/or homes to complete secondary education.

We have had a long association with various archaeological dig projects in Turkey, including Kerkenes (further info) and Ziyaret Tepe (further info), and over the years we have provided modest yearly donations to help the scientific and cultural work in these sites.

Our Events programme comes out usually three times a year. The Society, which at present has some 400 members, provides an opportunity for all those interested in Turkey, visitors from Turkey, Turkish residents in the UK and British people who have visited or lived in Turkey to meet for cultural and social activities. Activities include lectures on a variety of subjects. The members of all ages enjoy meeting at the functions and we should be very pleased to welcome you among us. You will receive a warm, friendly welcome.

The Anglo-Turkish Society welcomes speakers from a wide background to speak to our members in London on topics covering the culture, history, archaeology and contemporary issues of Turkey and Anglo-Turkish relations. We are happy to set a programme to fit in with the schedules of academics, scholars and authors, including those on short visits to London. Please contact us to see if your topic of a lecture fits in with our vision to inform, and celebrate this shared legacy.

Upcoming Events:

13 December 2018, 6 pm

Lecture by Diana Darke: ‘The Merchant of Syria and his Ottoman ancestors’ - flyer - booking:

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London

17 January 2019, 6 pm

Lecture by John Mole: ‘Martoni’s Pilgrimage: the Levant before the Pax Ottomana’ - flyer - booking:

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London

20 February 2019, 6 pm

Lecture by Ian Hodder: ‘The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük’ - flyer - SOLD OUT

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London

21 March 2019, 6 pm

Lecture by Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen: ‘Dangers of Cinema: Films and Moral Discourse in the late Ottoman Empire’ - information and booking link to follow.

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London

External Events:

12-16 December 2018

Film Screenings: Turkish Film Week: Planetree/Çınar (12 Dec), Grain/ Buğday (13 Dec), Hicran and Melek (14 Dec), Dream / Rüya (15 Dec), Winter Sleep / Kış Uykusu (15 Dec), Ayla (16 Dec), Cold of Kalandar/ Kalandar Soğuğu (16 Dec)

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Arthur and Paula Lucas Lecture Theatre, London

until 15 December 2018

Exhibition: The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük

The Brunei Gallery, 21 Russell Square, SOAS, London

2 February 2019, 8 pm

Concert: Anatolian Folk Music

St Mary’s Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, London