Anglo-Turkish Society

  • image courtesy of Bora Ates
  • image courtesy of Bora Ates
  • image courtesy of Hale Uslu

Welcome to the Anglo-Turkish Society

The Anglo-Turkish Society was founded in 1953 with the object of strengthening and developing the historical ties of friendship and understanding between the peoples of Britain and Turkey. Four of the original seven members of the Society’’s management Council are current members.

We had a major fund-raising campaign following the 1999 Turkish earthquakes, assisting more than twenty children who had lost parents and/or homes to complete secondary education.

We have had a long association with various archaeological dig projects in Turkey, including Kerkenes (further info) and Ziyaret Tepe (further info), and over the years we have provided modest yearly donations to help the scientific and cultural work in these sites.

Our Events programme comes out usually three times a year. The Society, which at present has some 400 members, provides an opportunity for all those interested in Turkey, visitors from Turkey, Turkish residents in the UK and British people who have visited or lived in Turkey to meet for cultural and social activities. Activities include lectures on a variety of subjects. The members of all ages enjoy meeting at the functions and we should be very pleased to welcome you among us. You will receive a warm, friendly welcome.

The Anglo-Turkish Society welcomes speakers from a wide background to speak to our members in London on topics covering the culture, history, archaeology and contemporary issues of Turkey and Anglo-Turkish relations. We are happy to set a programme to fit in with the schedules of academics, scholars and authors, including those on short visits to London. Please contact us to see if your topic of a lecture fits in with our vision to inform, and celebrate this shared legacy.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 5.30 pm

Lecture by Erol Sağlam (SOAS): ‘The Romeika of Trabzon: Discretion, Memory, and Treasure Hunts in Contemporary Turkey’ - flyer: - booking:

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 6 pm

Lecture by Nedret Kuran Burçoğlu: ‘Osman Zeki Bey, the Printer, His Printing Office and "The Ottoman Paper Manufacturing Company"’- flyer: - booking:

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London

Tuesday 21 November 2017, 6 pm

Lecture by Bettany Hughes: ‘Istanbul: The World’s Desire’ - flyer: - press release: - booking:

Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London

External Events:

Thursday 21 September 2017, 18:30 - 19:30

Lecture: Changing Patterns of Tourism to Turkey’s Archaeological Sites, Dr Aylin Orbaşlı

British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace (Wolfson Auditorium) London SW1Y 5AH

until Sunday 8 October 2017

Fahrelnissa Zeid Exhibition

Tate Modern, London

24 October 2017, 5.45 - 7 pm

Book launch: The Political Economy of the Kurds of Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic, Veli Yadirgi, SOAS

Wolfson Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London