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:

Monday 8 May 2017, 5.30 pm

Dr Robert Langer, University Of Bayreuth, Germany: Turkish Shiites in Germany: Conversion, Ethnicity, and ‘Germanisation’ - flyer: booking:

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London

Tuesday 6 June 2017, 6 pm

David Barchard: ‘The Referendum: a preliminary evaluation’

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London

TBC June 2017

Michael Talbot: ‘British-Ottoman Relations, 1661-1807: Commerce and Diplomatic Practice in Eighteenth-Century Istanbul’, the author of the recently published book - flyer:

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London

External Events:

Thursday 4 May 2017, 12-1.30 pm

Politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus: Performing the Left since the Sixties, Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis (The British Institute at Ankara), Dr Myrto Tsaktatika (Unviersity of Glasgow), and Dr Clemens Hoffmann (University of Stirling)

Room 32L.G.03, Cowdray House, 6 Portugal Street, LSE, London

Saturday 6 May 2017

BATAS 2017 Spring Symposium - programme:

University of London, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Monday 22 May 2017, 5.10-6.30 pm

Lecture: An Unexceptional Governmental Tool: The State of Emergency in the Late Ottoman Cities, Dr. Noémi Levy-Aksu

Brunei Gallery, room: B104, SOAS, London