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Events

The SCRSS organises a regular programme of lectures, film shows, exhibitions, seminars and other events at its premises in London. The Society is also involved in educational and commemorative events associated with the Soviet War Memorial in London. Events are open to both SCRSS members and non-members, unless otherwise stated.

Please note: dogs are not permitted on SCRSS premises, with the exception of guide dogs.

Venue and Tickets

Most events take place at the SCRSS. Evening events normally start at 19.00, with tea and coffee served from 18.30.

Lecture and film tickets cost £3.00 (SCRSS members) and £5.00 (non-members), unless otherwise stated. For all other events, please see individual listings below. Please note: tickets are payable by cash only on the door (unfortunately, we are unable to accept debit or credit cards).

2019 Events Diary

January July
February August
March September
April October
May November
June December

January 2019

Thursday 17 January - Thursday 21 March 2019, 17.45 - 19.45
Evening Class: Russian Language for Intermediate Level (Term 2)


The course is led by Christine Barnard, former lecturer in Russian at the University of Westminster. Maximum 10 students.

Fees: £40 per term (SCRSS members), £60 per term (non-members). Full fee payable at start of term by cash or cheque only.

Friday 25 January 2019
Event: Holocaust Memorial Day - SWMT Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial, London

The Soviet War Memorial was unveiled in 1999 on the initiative of the SCRSS and the Society has been supporting the work of the SWMT since its foundation. The SWMT organises three main ceremonies at the Memorial each year to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (January); Victory Day (9 May) and Remembrance Sunday (November).

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February 2019

Saturday 2 February 2019, 11.00 - 16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members


The Loan Library (Literature and History collections) and General Reference Library (Reading Room) will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs will be on sale. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. In addition, our selection of mugs priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash / cheques only). SCRSS members only.

Friday 15 February 2019, 19.00
Talk: Alexandra Smirnova on 'The Last Tsar - Blood and Revolution' Exhibition


Alexandra Smirnova of the Science Museum discusses their current exhibition which runs until 24 March 2019.

The talk is open to both SCRSS members and non-members. Normal entrance fees apply: SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00. Pay cash on entry.

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March 2019

Saturday 2 March 2019, 11.00 - 14.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members


The Loan Library (Literature and History collections) and General Reference Library (Reading Room) will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs will be on sale. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. In addition, our selection of mugs priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash / cheques only). SCRSS members only.

Saturday 2 March 2019, 14.00
Talk: Andrew Jameson on The Horrible History of Russian! Part 2

Andrew Jameson follows on from the first part of his talk delivered in October 2018, looking at what the Russian language can tell us about Russian history and the Russian character.

Andrew Jameson taught Russian language and culture at Portsmouth and Lancaster universities, and organised many popular residential courses for adults at Knuston Hall, Alston Hall, Essex, UEA and Lancaster. His particular interests are the Russian avant-garde in its various manifestations and the cultural history of the Russian language. Since retirement he has often lectured in St Petersburg, Moscow and Khabarovsk. He now works as a professional translator.

The talk is open to both SCRSS members and non-members. Normal entrance fees apply: SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00. Pay cash on entry.

Friday 15 March 2019, 19.00
Talk: Christine Linday on 'Art for All: British Socially Committed Art from the 1930s to the Cold War'

Christine Lindey, art historian and SCRSS Exhibitions Officer discusses her new book, published in September 2018 by Artery Publications (see the Artery website for further information). The book focuses on British artists, but many of these were influenced by the Bolshevik Revolution, some such as Rowe and Binder worked in the USSR as artists in the 1930s, while Soviet Socialist Realist theory and practice were the subject of much debate among socially committed artists and critics during the Second World War.

"Christine Lindey is a doyenne of British art history and one of its most original, accessible and principled practitioners... Her thought and writing combine academic rigour with a rare lucidity. In Art for All she explores a rich vein of British art that in the 1940s and 1950s kept alive the idea of a socially committed and widely understandable art in the face of the increasing dominance of elitist forms of modernism and abstraction that had become tools of the West on the cultural front of the Cold War. As a historian of British art myself I found this book a revelation. An important contribution to the history of British art, this book, in its focus on a socially and politically aware practice that seeks a genuinely wide audience, seems particularly timely in this historical moment of rampant individualism and raging inequality." Simon Casimir Wilson OBE.

The talk is open to both SCRSS members and non-members. Normal entrance fees apply: SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00. Pay cash on entry.

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April 2019

Saturday 6 April 2019, 11.00 - 16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members


The Loan Library (Literature and History collections) and General Reference Library (Reading Room) will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs will be on sale. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. In addition, our selection of mugs priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash / cheques only). SCRSS members only.

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May 2019

Saturday 4 May 2019, 11.00 - 14.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members

The Loan Library (Literature and History collections) and General Reference Library (Reading Room) will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs will be on sale. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. In addition, our selection of mugs priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash / cheques only). SCRSS members only.

Thursday 9 May 2019, 11.00
Event: Victory Day - SWMT Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial, London


The Soviet War Memorial was unveiled in 1999 on the initiative of the SCRSS and the Society has been supporting the work of the SWMT since its foundation. The SWMT organises three main ceremonies at the Memorial each year to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (January); Victory Day (9 May) and Remembrance Sunday (November).

Saturday 18 May 2019, 11.00 - 13.00
Event: SCRSS AGM


SCRSS members only

Saturday 18 May 2019, 14.00
Talk: Jane Rosen and Kimberley Reynolds on 'Reading and Rebellion: An Anthology of Radical Writing for Children 1900-1960'

Editors Jane Rosen (former SCRSS Librarian) and Kimberley Reynolds discuss their new book, co-edited with Michael Rosen, and published by Oxford University Press in September 2018 (see the OUP website for more information).

There will also be an opportunity to view the recently re-located SCRSS Children's Literature collection, which Jane Rosen has sorted and re-shelved.

The talk is open to both SCRSS members and non-members. Normal entrance fees apply: SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00. Pay cash on entry.

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June 2019

Saturday 1 June 2019, 11.00 - 16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening and 50th Anniversary in Brixton Summer Party


The Loan Library (Literature and History collections) and General Reference Library (Reading Room) will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs will be on sale. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. In addition, our selection of mugs priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash / cheques only).

50th anniversary in Brixton summer party details TBC.

SCRSS members only.

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July 2019

Events TBC

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August 2019

Saturday 3 August 2019, 11.00 - 16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members


The Loan Library (Literature and History collections) and General Reference Library (Reading Room) will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs will be on sale. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. In addition, our selection of mugs priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash / cheques only).

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September 2019

Saturday 7 September, 2019, 11.00 - 16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening and Open House for Lambeth Heritage Festival

The Loan Library (Literature and History collections) and General Reference Library (Reading Room) will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs will be on sale. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. In addition, our selection of mugs priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash / cheques only).

Open House for Lambeth Heritage Festival details TBC.

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October 2019

Saturday 5 October 2019, 11.00 - 16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening


The Loan Library (Literature and History collections) and General Reference Library (Reading Room) will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs will be on sale. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. In addition, our selection of mugs priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash / cheques only).

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November 2019

Saturday 2 November 2019, 11.00 - 16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members


The Loan Library (Literature and History collections) and General Reference Library (Reading Room) will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs will be on sale. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. In addition, our selection of mugs priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash / cheques only).

Sunday 10 November 2019, 12.30
Event: Remembrance Sunday - SWMT Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial


The Soviet War Memorial was unveiled in 1999 on the initiative of the SCRSS and the Society has been supporting the work of the SWMT since its foundation. The SWMT organises three main ceremonies at the Memorial each year to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (January); Victory Day (9 May) and Remembrance Sunday (November).

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 19.00
Talk: Robert Chandler on Vasily Grossman, Lev Ozerov and the World of Soviet Jewry

Robert Chandler will discuss his two most recent translations - of Vasily Grossman's novel Stalingrad and Lev Ozerov’s poetry collection Portraits Without Frames.

Grossman's Life and Fate has been hailed as a 20th-century War and Peace. However, Grossman did not originally conceive of Life and Fate as a self-contained novel. It is, rather, the second of two closely related novels about the Battle of Stalingrad. The first of these two novels was first published in 1952 under the original title Stalingrad. The characters in both novels are largely the same and so is the storyline; Life and Fate picks up where Stalingrad ends, in late September 1942. One of the most memorable chapters of Life and Fate is the last letter written from a Jewish ghetto by Viktor Shtrum’s mother. The words of this letter do not appear in Stalingrad, yet the letter makes itself powerfully felt throughout the novel.

In 1946 Ozerov published a long poem about the massacre of Kiev Jews at Babi Yar, one of the first works to address the subject in Russian. He was also one of the contributors to The Black Book, a documentary account, co-edited by Grossman, of the Shoah on Soviet and Polish soil. Ozerov's posthumously published Portraits without Frames includes moving portraits of the four Soviet Yiddish poets executed on Stalin's orders in August 1952.

Robert Chandler's translations from Russian include many works by Vasily Grossman and Andrey Platonov. He has also compiled three anthologies for Penguin Classics: of Russian short stories, of Russian magic tales and (together with Boris Dralyuk and Irina Mashinski) of Russian poetry. He is a co-translator of three volumes of memoirs and stories by Teffi and the author of a short biography of Alexander Pushkin. His translations have won prizes in both the UK and the USA. Teaching is increasingly important to him, and he runs a monthly translation workshop at Pushkin House (London). Robert is also a Vice President of the SCRSS.

The talk is open to both SCRSS members and non-members. Normal entrance fees apply: SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00. Pay cash on entry.

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December 2019

Saturday 7 December 2019, 11.00 - 16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening


The Loan Library (Literature and History collections) and General Reference Library (Reading Room) will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs will be on sale. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. In addition, our selection of mugs priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash / cheques only).

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