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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 (members) and £5.00 (non-members), unless otherwise stated. For all other events, please see individual listings below.

2015 Events Diary

January July
February August
March September
April October
May November
June December
  April 2016

January 2015

Until Friday 30 January
Photo Exhibition: London-St Petersburg: City and People

The exhibition is a joint photographic project between the SCRSS and the St Petersburg Association for International Cooperation

The exhibition includes 24 photographic portraits of residents of our two cities from a range of social and professional backgrounds. Each person was asked “What does Britain mean to you?” and “What does Russia mean to you?”. Their answers provide a fascinating insight into how ordinary citizens view each other.

The exhibition is open at the SCRSS on weekdays during normal office hours - we recommend that you contact the SCRSS in advance to make an appointment. Admission free.

Tuesday 27 January, 10.30
Event: Holocaust Memorial Day at the Soviet War Memorial, London


This year's Holocaust Memorial Day marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, by the Soviet (Red) Army in 1945.

10.00: Gather at the Cinema inside the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1. Seating and refreshments provided. Entry to the Museum is free.
10.30: Southwark Council’s commemoration on this year's Holocaust Memorial Day theme of Keep the Memory Alive. Hosted by the Mayor of Southwark.
11.15: Proceed to Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, adjacent to the Museum.
11.30: Act of Remembrance, including the laying of wreaths, at Southwark's Holocaust Memorial Tree and the Soviet War Memorial. Led by Soviet Memorial Trust Fund (SMTF) Chairman. Note: there is no seating outdoors. This part of the event is expected to last no more than 40 minutes.

To attend this event, in particular if you are laying a wreath or carrying a standard, please email the SMTF Hon Secretary at smtf@hotmail.co.uk.

The Soviet War Memorial is located in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, next to the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1
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February 2015

Thursday 5 February, 14.00-16.00
Event: First Thursday Russian Language Discussion Club


An informal discussion group for non-native Russian-speaking members of the SCRSS to practise their spoken Russian. This month's discussion topics will be: Christmas holidays, MacDonalds - a good or bad thing?, how you use the Internet. You can drop in on the day, but to help with planning, it is helpful if members email or telephone the SCRSS in advance to confirm their attendance.

Fee: £2.00 per member to cover tea and biscuits.

Please note: The group is only open to members of the SCRSS.

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March 2015

Thursday 5 March, 14.00-16.00
Event: First Thursday Russian Language Discussion Club


An informal discussion group for non-native Russian-speaking members of the SCRSS to practise their spoken Russian. You can drop in on the day, but to help with planning, it is helpful if members email or telephone the SCRSS in advance to confirm their attendance.

Fee: £2.00 per member to cover tea and biscuits.

Please note: The group is only open to members of the SCRSS.

Friday 27 March, 19.00
Lecture: Michael Jones on After Hitler: The Last Days of World War Two in Europe


Historian Dr Michael Jones discusses his new book After Hitler.

On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels also killed himself and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Dönitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet, remarkably, the war in the rest of Europe went on for another ten days. After Hitler looks at these days as a narrative day-by-day countdown but also as a broader global history of a European war that had seen some of the most savage battles in history. Relations between the 'Big Three' - the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union - suddenly plunged to near breaking point. Dr Jones's book reveals that tumultuous story.

In After Hitler, Dr Jones also looks at the wider canvas of the war and the effect it had on Europe as a whole. He describes the joy of freedom as the war ended but also the feeling of uncertainty. As Red Army soldiers joined forces with their British and American allies, Stalin's East finally came face to face with Churchill's and Truman's West. After Hitler tells of their growing mistrust, but also of moments of remarkable goodwill and co-operation - the brief but poignant hope that these great nations could together fashion a new and safer future. This is a fascinating exploration of the brief but crucial period that shaped the emerging post-war world.

Michael Jones was awarded a history PhD by Bristol University, and subsequently taught at Glasgow University and Winchester College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History, and works now as a writer, media consultant and presenter. He has written books on the battles of Bosworth, Agincourt and Stalingrad, the siege of Leningrad and the battle for Moscow and Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin. Most recently he co-authored The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III.

After Hitler: The Last Days of World War Two in Europe is published by John Murray on 15 January 2015.

This is a joint SCRSS - Soviet Memorial Trust Fund event.

Normal entrance fees apply (members £3.00 / non-members £5.00).

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April 2015

Thursday 9 April, 14.00-16.00
Event: First Thursday Russian Language Discussion Club


An informal discussion group for non-native Russian-speaking members of the SCRSS to practise their spoken Russian. You can drop in on the day, but to help with planning, it is helpful if members email or telephone the SCRSS in advance to confirm their attendance.

At the April session, the group will spend part of the time discussing the first chapter of Teffi's Memories, which we will read in advance (contact the SCRSS for a copy of the chapter, if you are attending). Teffi was the pen name of Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya, born in St Petersburg in 1872. Teffi wrote in a variety of styles and genres, declaiming her Symbolist poems in Petersburg salons and publishing witty sketches. She also wrote a novel and several plays, but her finest works are her short stories and Memories, about her last journey across Russia before leaving from the Crimea to Istanbul in 1919. Her style is light and humorous, making it an enjoyable read. The rest of the session will be general conversation.

Fee: £2.00 per member to cover tea and biscuits.

Please note: The group is only open to members of the SCRSS.

Sunday 12 April, 14.00
Film: Gagarin - First in Space

The SCRSS is marking the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight with a showing of Gagarin - First in Space (2013), a docudrama biopic directed by Pavel Parkhomenko (with English sub-titles). You can see a trailer here. The film's running time of 108 minutes approximates the time it took Gagarin to go around the earth before returning. It stars Yaroslav Zhalnin as Soviet fighter pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The SCRSS is inviting members of the British Interplanetary Society (also based in Lambeth) to join us to celebrate this date of huge significance to humanity. April 12 is celebrated as Cosmonautics’ Day in Russia, and Yuri's Night around the world.

Note: Admission is free but pre-booking is essential.

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May 2015

Saturday 9 May, 11.00
Event: Victory Day at the Soviet War Memorial, London


An Act of Remembrance to commemorate this year's 70th Anniversary of the Victory over Fascism in World War II. For more information about the event and / or to put your name on the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund's mailing list, please email the SMTF Hon Secretary at smtf@hotmail.co.uk.

The Soviet War Memorial is located in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, next to the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1.

Saturday 16 May, 11.00
Event: SCRSS Annual General Meeting

Doors open 10.30. Our latest exhibition on Soviet space exploration will be on display at the meeting. This includes book covers, posters, stamps and photos from the SCRSS archives, including material on cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic visit to the Society’s premises in July 1961.

Note: This event is open to SCRSS members only.

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June 2015

No events this month

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July 2015

Saturday 4 July, 14.00-17.30
Event: SCRSS Summer Open Day

Come and join us for the afternoon – and bring a friend! See programme of events below and flyer.

14.00-16.00:

Doors open 2pm. Light refreshments available throughout the afternoon.

Exhibition
Soviet War Artists 1941-45: Reproductions of Drawings, Sketches and Linocuts from the SCRSS Art Library. This new exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II is launched at the SCRSS Summer Open Day.

Bookstall
Surplus stock from the SCRSS library at bargain prices.

15-minute 'taster' library tours
Highlights of two special sections of the SCRSS library at 14.45 (art reference collection) and 15.15 (World War II collection in the loan library).

16.00:

Film: Man with a Movie Camera
Acclaimed Soviet director Dziga Vertov's experimental silent documentary film is famous for its extraordinary range of innovative cinematic techniques. In a rollercoaster of a ride, the audience experiences a day in the life of a Soviet city in the late 1920s – with a montage of people, streets and machinery, from dawn to dusk, at work and at play. The film came out in 1929, five years after the foundation of the SCRSS. It was named best documentary film of all time by Sight and Sound in 2014.
Director Dziga Vertov, Photography Mikhail Kaufman, Editor Elizaveta Svilova, 1929, USSR, black/white, 68 minutes, silent with musical score.

17.30:

Doors close

Admission to this event is free of charge for both SCRSS members and visitors.

Thursday 30 July, 18.30 - 20.30
Book Launch and Talk: Land of Forty Tribes

Dr Farideh Heyat gives an illustrated talk on her new book Land of Forty Tribes 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." There will also be an opportunity to purchase copies of the book at the event. Doors open: 6pm.

This event is organised in cooperation with Hertfordshire Press.

Admission is free, but you must RSVP by 29 July to noskova@ocamagazine.com.

Monday 6 July - December, 10.00-13.00 & 14.00-18.00 weekdays
Exhibition: Soviet War Artists 1941-45: Reproductions of Drawings, Sketches and Linocuts from the SCRSS Art Library

The works in this exhibition are reproduced from seven albums in the SCRSS Art Library, published in the Soviet Union between 1942 and 1972. The SCRSS Art Library includes a strong collection of publications on the art and artists of the Great Patriotic War (as World War II is known in Russia). The exhibition is grouped into three sections:

  • Invasion, occupation and resistance 1941-43
  • Portraits
  • Liberation and the road to Berlin 1943-45

The majority of works displayed here are drawings and sketches captured from life - and in difficult conditions - by Soviet war artists working at the frontline. Soviet war artists travelled with the troops - on the staff of frontline and army newspapers, within groups such as the MB Grekov War Artists’ Studio from Moscow, or as soldier-artists. In their works the Soviet war artists featured in this exhibition depicted battle scenes, destroyed villages, bombed cities, partisans on the move, troops massing for assaults on the enemy, wounded Russian soldiers and German prisoners, and the liberation of the Soviet Union and Europe as the Red Army moved on to Berlin. However, they also produced intimate portraits of Soviet combatants and civilians: some of the most moving and enlightening (for example, we see women machine gunners and snipers) are reproduced here.

Featured artists: Vladimir Bogatkin, Samuil M Khinsky, Evgeny Kibrik, Anatoly Kokorin, Il’ya D Krichevsky, Peter Krivonogov, Valentin Kurdov, Aleksei Laptev, PV Mal'kov, Lipa Royter, Solomon Telingater, Solomon Yudovin and Nikolai Zhukov.

Free admission. Please contact the SCRSS in advance to let us know when you're planning to visit the exhibition - thank you!

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August 2015

Until December, normal office hours
Exhibition: Soviet War Artists 1941-45: Reproductions of Drawings, Sketches and Linocuts from the SCRSS Art Library

See details.

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September 2015

Until December, normal office hours
Exhibition: Soviet War Artists 1941-45: Reproductions of Drawings, Sketches and Linocuts from the SCRSS Art Library

See details.

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October 2015

Thursday 8 October to Thursday 10 December, 18.00-20.00
Event: Russian Language for Post-Beginners


A weekly Russian language course for post-beginners / lower intermediate level (assumes approximately 60 hours of previous study). The course will focus on oral practice, based around topics, with grammar revision. The course is led by Christine Barnard, a highly experienced teacher of Russian who taught at the University of Westminster for many years.

Each term last 10 weeks. Term 1 runs from Thursday 8 October to Thursday 10 December.

Fees: £25.00 payable in advance (no concessions).

Note: The course is open to SCRSS members only and takes place at the SCRSS premises.

Until December, normal office hours
Exhibition: Soviet War Artists 1941-45: Reproductions of Drawings, Sketches and Linocuts from the SCRSS Art Library

See details.

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November 2015

Until December, normal office hours
Exhibition: Soviet War Artists 1941-45: Reproductions of Drawings, Sketches and Linocuts from the SCRSS Art Library

See details.

Sunday 8 November
Event: Remembrance Sunday at the Soviet War Memorial, London


Details to be confirmed.

The Soviet War Memorial is located in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, next to the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1.

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December 2015

To be confirmed.

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April 2016

Saturday 16 April - Sunday 17 April 2016, 10.00 - 16.30 daily
Event: 8th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar


Our popular seminar is back - after a one year break. Put the date in your diary now!

The two-day seminar offers an intensive lecture programme in Russian, aimed at teachers of Russian, translators, final-year undergraduates, graduates of Russian and all those with an advanced-level comprehension of spoken Russian and an interest in contemporary Russia.

The seminar programme has two streams - Russian language and linguistics, and humanities and social sciences. There are four lectures per day: choose from one of two options per session. Lectures last 45 minutes and are followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

The seminar is taught by two senior lecturers from St Petersburg, Russia - one a specialist in Russian language and linguistics, the other in social sciences and humanities.

Full details of course fees and how to apply will appear on the website from November 2015. Booking opens December 2015.

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