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The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) is a library and cultural centre, based in London, that promotes knowledge of the culture, language and history of Russia and the former Soviet Union. The Society is a registered charity and celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2014.

The SCRSS Soviet Collections are a library and archive of the arts, humanities and social sciences of the Soviet Union (1917-91). They are unique in the UK. See Library & Archive and Photo Library for more information on the individual collections and research. We also have a loan library for members' use.

We organise events such as seminars, exhibitions, lectures and films, and promote Russian language learning. We are actively involved with, and a founder member of, the Soviet War Memorial in London. We facilitate cultural contacts between the UK and Russia. And we publish a journal, the SCRSS Digest. Find out more about the benefits of SCRSS membership.

Please note: with the exception of our scheduled events, visitors to the SCRSS centre must make a prior appointment.

Next Events

Saturday 3 June, 11.00-14.30
Event: SCRSS Library Saturday Opening Visit the SCRSS library, buy our Russian Revolution Centenary 2017 mugs, and other Russian souvenirs and deacquired books. Open to SCRSS members only.

Saturday 3 June, 14.30-16.00
Lecture: The Influence of the October Revolution on the Russian Language Andrew Jameson considers how the language of Chekhov was rendered almost unrecognisable after 1917, due to the abolition of political and administrative institutions, the blunt forms of address, the mass of new acronyms and abbreviations, the introduction of new technology, and more. Admission: SCRSS members 3.00 / non-members 5.00.

Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 June, 14.00-17.00 daily
Exhibition: The Impact of the Russian Revolution on World War One (1917-22) This special touring exhibition provides an outline of the key events of 1917, as well as the wars of intervention, the influence of the Revolution in Europe, the attitude of the British Government, and British labour movement responses. Open till 19.00 on Friday 23 June. Free admission to SCRSS members and the public.

Friday 23 June, 19.00
Lecture: The Significance of the Russian Revolution Mary Davis, Visiting Professor of Labour History at Royal Holloway, University of London, considers the significance of the Russian Revolution and its international impact, including in the UK. Professor Davis is curator of the exhibition The Impact of the Russian Revolution on World War One, 1917-22, on display at the SCRSS (see entry above). Admission: SCRSS members 3.00 / non-members 5.00.

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