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, providing a a treasure trove of books,
periodicals, photographs, recordings and other artefacts in Russian
and English from predominantly Soviet publishers. See Library
& Archive and Photo Library
for more information on the individual collections and research.
We organise events such as seminars,
exhibitions, lectures and film shows. We are actively involved
with, and a founder 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
We have reduced our fees for research in the SCRSS Soviet Collections
from 1 September 2015. See our new leaflet
for researchers and details of fees,
terms and conditions.
Starts Thursday 8 October, 18.00-20.00
Language for Post-Beginners A weekly Russian language course
for post-beginners / lower intermediate level, focusing on topic-based
oral practice with grammar revision. The course is taught by a
highly experienced former lecturer in Russian at the University
of Westminster. Term 1 runs from Thursday 8 October to Thursday
10 December. Fee: £25 per term (SCRSS members), £50
per term (non-members), payable in advance, no concessions.
Friday 9 October, 19.00
Birth of the Space Age To coincide with World Space Week,
Doug Millard, Senior Curator, talks about the Science Museum's
major new exhibition on the Russian space programme, its historical,
cultural and spiritual context, and some of the key exhibits.
Admission: £3.00 (SCRSS members), £5.00 (non-members).
Friday 6 November, 19.00
1917 Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov's documentary-style
silent film was commissioned by the Soviet Government to celebrate
the 10th anniversary of the Russian Revolution (USSR, 1928, 104
mins, English sub-titles). Free admission.
Saturday 16 April - Sunday 17 April 2016
8th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar Advance notice that our
popular two-day seminar returns in 2016. It offers an intensive
lecture programme in Russian, taught by senior lecturers from
St Petersburg. The seminar is aimed at teachers of Russian, translators
and others with an advanced-level comprehension of spoken Russian
and an interest in contemporary Russia.