British Latvian Association

 

A talk by Bryan Ayres will take place on:-

Tuesday 18 October 2011 at 6:30pm at the

Embassy of Latvia, 45 Nottingham Place, London W1U 5LY

The speaker BRIAN AYERS will give an illustrated lecture on

 

THE ARCHEOLOGY OF HANSE TOWNS WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO RIGA

 

There will follow a question and answer session and social evening with wine and nibbles.

Entrance fee 6:00 pounds 1:00 students

RSVP to Irena Hamilton irena.hamiltone@mfa.gov.lv or telephone 020 7312 0041 to confirm your attendance

 

BRIAN AYERS is chief executive of the Butrint Foundation which works to preserve the World Heritage site of Butrint in Albania. Formerly the county archeologist for Norfolk, he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia and a member of the Institute for Archeologists. He has written numerous papers on the subject and has a special interest in Baltic archeology.

Following our highly successful and unprecedented '6 ambassadors for the price of 1' event  on 15th September, we are pleased to announce that the latest British Ambassador to Latvia, HE Andrew Soper, will give his 'First Impressions of Latvia' talk to the BLA on  Monday, 1st November at the Latvian Embassy in London at the usual time of 18.30 (for 18.45). Undoubtedly he will allude to recent events in Latvia, most particularly the outcome of the elections.

Embassy address:

Embassy of Latvia, 45 Nottingham Place, London W1U 5LY

The talk will be followed by a social evening with wine and canapes.

Everyone welcome but please RSVP to irena.hamiltone@mfa.gov.lv or telephone 020 7312 0041. Irena will not be available during the week commencing 25th October, in which case please RSVP by e-mail or phone the above number and leave a message for her.

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Richard Samuel, the UK's first ambassador to Latvia following the reestablishment of independence in 1991, will give a talk to the BLA on Thursday 16th September 2010, entitled 'When would you like you embassy back?'.

Richard will talk about how he first became interested in the Baltic region, his first visit to Moscow in the dying days of the Soviet empire and the establishment of the British presence in Riga after independence.

As always, we shall commence at 18.30 (for 18.45) and we shall be convening at the premises of the Latvian Embassy at 45 Nottingham Place, London W1U 5LY

Please reply to irena.hamiltone@mfa,gov.lv (preferably) or telephone the Embassy at 020 7312 0041 (she will not be back from her hols until the end of August).

Admission will be £6 (students £1), which will cover the usual tasty nibbles and fine wines (provided as always by our excellent hosts the Embassy of Latvia)!

Lastly, my apologies for leaving this notification so late. Unfortunately, the holiday season intervened and err….but anyway I hope that will not deter a good attendance. By the way, I should, of course, also have mentioned that Richard was a key mover in setting up the BLA!    

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 Dr Mark Hatlie will give a talk on 'Riga at War 1914-1919' on 18 May. Dr Hatlie is an American currently based at Eberhard Karl University in Germany. He has been researching and writing about central European issues, including the Baltic States, for 20 years.  

His cv is at http://hatlie.de/main/profil.html.

This event takes place at 6:30pm at the Embassy of Latvia, 45 Nottingham Place, London W1U 5LY

Please reply to irena.hamiltone@mfa.gov.lv or telephone the Latvian Embassy at 020 7312 0041

Admission will be £6 (students £1), which will cover the usual tasty nibbles and fine wines!