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:

12 March 2020, 6 pm

Lecture: ‘The Urban Janissary in Eighteenth Century Istanbul’, Dr Gemma Masson - flyer - registration:

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, London

23 April 2020, 6 pm

Concert: ‘Songs of Ottoman ethnic backgrounds’, Suna Alan - flyer - registration:

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, London

External Events:

28 February 2020, 7.15 pm

Concert: Songs of love, longing and loss - Çiğdem Aslan, Suna Alan, Hatice Yesil

The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church St., London

until 8 March 2020

Exhibition: Troy: myth and reality

British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London

until 15 March 2020

Exhibition: From Istanbul to Oxford: The Origins of Coffee Drinking in England

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, England

We are saddened by the recent death of one of our long-standing executive council members, Betul Ziller - read obituary: