The History of the Society for Cultural Relations with the USSR, 1924–1991

In this study Dr. Emily Lygo examines the history of the Society for Cultural Relations with the Soviet Union, which developed and maintained cultural links with the USSR from 1924 to 1991. The Society played an important role in bringing information about the Soviet Union to Britain and also aiding Britons to visit the USSR. Its activities and popularity changed over time, but it always attracted a core of intellectual membership and maintained influential contacts in British society. It was adamant that its activities were apolitical, but in the often heavily politicized environment of the thirties and later the Cold War, this was a difficult task. The study will examine the membership, activities and influence of the Society.