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Irina Kirillova MBE in conversation with Rachel Polonsky, followed by Q&A and Drinks Reception

Join us for the latest instalment of our ‘Russia in my Life’ series. Irina Kirillova MBE is a Fellow Emerita of Newnham College, Dostoevsky scholar and translator to the royal family. She is also a member of the Board of … Continue reading

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From Furs to Fabergé: Gifts, Diplomacy and British-Russian Artistic Relations by Dr Louise Hardiman

Since the escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian war in 2022, artistic and cultural relations between Russia and Britain have entered a difficult phase. However, when the longer historical picture is considered, there are countless examples of visual culture that can illustrate … Continue reading

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Geographies of Russia: Lecture 2 by Olga Petri “Places of Tenderness and Heat: The Queer Milieu of Fin-de-Siècle St. Petersburg”

We continue our series of lectures on Geographies of Russia that showcases various aspects of geography, covering environmental issues, socio-economic and cultural geography, the geography of the Arctic and the culture of the indigenous peoples of Siberia. This time we will … Continue reading

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“Inconvenient Truths” talk by Jennifer Antill – author of Small Acts of Kindness, a tale of the first Russian Revolution

Small Acts of Kindness, is a novel set against the background of a revolt that took place in Saint Petersburg in December 1825. Imperial Russia still basks in the glory of victory over Napoleon, but, in the army and elsewhere, … Continue reading

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Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey: “On the Edge: Life Along the Russia-China Border”

Presentation of the book “On the Edge: Life Along the Russia-China Border” Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary, Egyptology! Hieroglyphs, Tutankhamun, and Thoughts for the Future: A talk by Dr Alex Loktionov

2022 marks an important double anniversary for Egyptology. Exactly 200 years ago, the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs by Jean-François Champollion heralded the dawn of academic Egyptology, while exactly 100 years ago, the discipline captured the popular imagination like never before … Continue reading

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Guided Tours of “Gold of the Great Steppe” at the Fitzwilliam Museum

We’re very excited to be planning two guided tours of the “Gold of the Great Steppe” exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in January 2022. Don’t miss out – the exhibition will close on 30 January. Exhibition curator Dr Rebecca Roberts … Continue reading

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“Daily Life in Moscow Following the Collapse of Communism”: An illustrated talk with Robert Stephenson

This year sees a major historical milestone for Russia with the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism and the break-up of the USSR in December 1991, followed by a turbulent period of loss of empire and internal social, economic … Continue reading

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“Ivanovo – the ‘Russian Manchester’, and the Story of Printed Textiles in Russia”, a talk by Pamela Smith – Thursday, 24 June at 19:00 (BST)

Before the 1917 Revolution Russia had a thriving textile industry, exporting vast quantities of printed cotton throughout the Russian empire and beyond. In the city of Ivanovo alone nearly 30,000 textile workers were employed. Distinctive red prints became an important … Continue reading

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Marking the Centenary of Academician Andrei Sakharov: Panel discussion (in English and Russian) – Friday, 21 May at 19:00 (BST)

A theoretical physicist and one of the creators of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was also an earnest advocate for ending the Cold War, a dissident and a devout defender of human rights in the Soviet Union. His … Continue reading

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