The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet
Studies (SCRSS) is a library and cultural centre, based in London,
which 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.
Our SCRSS library, archive and photographic collections are unique
in the UK. We organise seminars, exhibitions, lectures and film
shows, are actively involved in events at the Soviet War Memorial
in London, and facilitate cultural contacts between the UK and
Russia. We also publish a journal, the SCRSS Digest.
Our members include students, teachers, researchers, designers,
university departments and many others with an interest in Russia.
Find out more about membership.
SCRSS Digest No 2, 2015, now online
The SCRSS Digest
summer issue is now available to read online. Our two feature
articles are by Dr Claire McCallum, University of Exeter, on The
New Soviet Man at War: Culture and the Construction of the Ideal
Soldier 1941-45 and Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College,
University of London, on Gay Rights in Russia. Plus a
report on the new Find Out About Russia website for children,
SCRSS and Soviet Memorial Trust Fund news, and book reviews.
Thursday 30 July, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Book Launch and Talk: Land of Forty Tribes Dr Farideh Heyat gives an illustrated talk on her new book published by Hertfordshire Press. "In part autobiographical, the book is a semi-fictional story of love, adventure and cultural discoveries set in the heart of Central Asia." Free entry but please RSVP by 29 July to email@example.com.
Until Friday 28 August, 10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm weekdays
War Artists 1941-45: Reproductions of Drawings, Sketches and Linocuts
from the SCRSS Art Library The exhibition features works reproduced
from seven albums in the SCRSS Art Library, published in the Soviet
Union between 1942 and 1972. The majority of exhibits are drawings
and sketches captured from life - and in difficult conditions
- by Soviet war artists working at the frontline. The exhibition
is grouped into three sections: Invasion, occupation and resistance
1941-43; Portraits; and Liberation and the road to Berlin 1943-45.