Upcoming Events

27/08/2015 - 14:00
An invitation to remember and give thanks for  Leila Ingrams: Traveller, Writer and Researcher (1940-2015) The family warmly welcomes you to gather in thanksgiving for the life of Leila. Please share with us as family, friends, colleagues, and societies honour her work,...
23/10/2015 - 17:30
The British-Yemeni Society has invited the new British Ambassador to Yemen, His Excellency Edmund Fitton-Brown to brief members on the situation in the country and the policies of HM Government towards the unfolding crisis in the country. The event will take place on Friday 23 October 2015 at 18...
08/12/2015 - 19:00
The War in Yemen: Political and Social Developments The British-Yemeni Society and the Royal Society for Asian Affairs invite you to a panel discussion on current developments in Yemen. The event will take place on Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 7:00pm in the Khalili Lecture Theatre at SOAS (...
26/02/2016 - 18:00
The British-Yemeni Society invites you to a talk by Rev'd Peter Crooks MBE entitled "A Work of Faith and a Labour of Love". The event will take place on Friday 26 February 2016 at 6 pm at St Matthew's Conference Centre (20 Great Peter Street, Westminster SW1P 2BU). The speaker has served as...
05/05/2016 - 19:00
The British-Yemeni Society, in association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS invites you to a talk by Dr Michael Fradley on the Damage to Yemen's Cultural Heritage. The talk will take place on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 19:00 in Room B102, Brunei Gallery Building, SOAS, University of London...
01/06/2016 - 18:00
The British-Yemeni Society invites its members to its Twenty-Third Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will take place on 1st June 2016 at 18:00. Baden-Powell House (Eagle/Kestrel Suite), 65-67 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5JS As usual, proceedings will be followed by a buffet dinner at 19:...
08/09/2016 - 18:30
The Chairman of the British–Yemeni Society, Dr Robert Wilson OBE, invites the members of the Society to a Special General Meeting (SGM) that will take place on Thursday 8 September 2016 at 18:30 at the premises of the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) in the MBI Al Jaber Room, First Floor, 21...
08/09/2016 - 18:45
The British–Yemeni Society, in association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS, invites you to a Yemen Crisis Update panel discussion. The event will take place on Thursday 8 September 2016 at 18:45 at the premises of the London Middle East Institute at SOAS (MBI Al Jaber Building, 21...
17/11/2016 - 17:45
The British–Yemeni Society, in association with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, invites you to a talk by Martin Jerrett entitled: "Difficult Diplomacy: The Challenges of Speaking to the South". The event will take place on Thursday 17 November 2016 at 17:45 at the London Middle East Institute at SOAS...
07/12/2016 - 19:00
The British–Yemeni Society invites you to a talk by last year's BYS Academic Grant recipient, Joshua Rogers, on Wednesday 7 December 2016, at 19:00. Joshua will talk about "Yemen's Other Civil War: Tribes, Technocrats, and Revolutionaries, 1962–70". The lecture will take place in Room B102, First...
07/02/2017 - 13:15
Update (31 Jan 2017): The no more BYS members will be admitted, as the places offered by the event organisers at the RSAA is full. Please inform them if you do not wish to attend anymore. Attendance is still available to RSAA members and one guest. Dr Noel Brehony CMG, former chairman of the...
28/02/2017 - 18:00
The British–Yemeni Society invites you to its 3rd Annual Yemen Lecture, under the tile "Yemen: Policy Dilemmas" which will be delivered by the Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP on 28 February 2017 at 18.00 in the Boothroyd Room of Portcullis House (Bridge Street, London SW1A 2LW). Please allow 15 minutes...
23/03/2017 - 17:45
The British–Yemeni Society in colaboration with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation invite you to a screening of "Starving Yemen" and "Funeral Bombing" by the Yemeni journalist Nawal al-Maghafi. The event will take place on Thursday 23 March 2017, at 17.45 at the MBI Al Jaber building, London Middle...
25/04/2017 - 17:45
The Hadhramaut Research Centre (HRC) invites members of the British–Yemeni Society to the launch of the book Hadhramaut and its Diaspora: Yemeni Politics, Identity and Migration. The volume has been edited by Dr Noel Brehony CMG former chairman of the Society and contains twelve chapters...
24/05/2017 - 18:00
The British-Yemeni Society invites its members to its Twenty-Fourth Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will take place on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 18:00. Baden-Powell House (Eagle/Kestrel Suite), 65-67 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5JS As usual, proceedings will be...
07/09/2017 - 18:00
The first British–Yemeni Society lecture for the new academic year will be given by Léonie​ Northedge and Marwa Baabbad of Saferworld under the title "Women's Role in Conflict, Peace and Security in Yemen". The event will take place on Thursday 7 September 2017 at 18.00 in...
02/11/2017 - 17:30
The British–Yemeni Society is delighted to invite members and friends to a talk by HM Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen, and co-president of the Society Simon Shercliff OBE on Thursday 2 November 2017 at St Matthew's Conference Centre, 20 Great Peter Street, Westminster SW1P 2BU. ...
25/04/2018 - 15:00
A Roundtable Discussion with Dr Noel Brehony CMG, Helen Lackner and James Spencer Chair : Professor Clive Jones Further details: Prof. Clive Jones, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University email: c.a.jones@durham.ac.uk . Tel: 0191 3345675 This is not a B-YS...
15/05/2018 - 17:00
The Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, Michael Lewis, will speak about the Christian presence in the Middle East, including Christ Church, Aden (which incorporates the Ras Morbat clinic). This is not a B-YS event, but will be of interest to members.  (Details ...)
29/05/2018 - 18:00
The British–Yemeni Society in association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS invites you to a presentation by Dr Adel Aulaqi under the title From Barefoot Doctors to Professors of Medicine in 75 Years. The event will take place on Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 18:00 in the LMEI...
29/06/2018 - 18:00
The 25th AGM of the Society will be held on Friday 29 June 2018 at 6pm at Baden-Powell House, Eagle-Kestrel Suite, 65-67 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5JS, followed by a buffet dinner. The B-YS is looking for nominations for Chair of the Committee, and also for a volunteer to take over the key...
15/09/2018 - 12:00
The British–Yemeni Society would like to draw the attention of our members to the upcoming "Cultural Weekend in Bonn" organised by our sister-charity, the Friends of Hadhramaut on 15 & 16 September 2018.    For further information please check the attached flyer or...
01/10/2018 - 19:00
In association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and the British-Yemeni Society Diane Robertson-Bell of Medecins Sans Frontieres will give a talk on the work of MSF in Yemen.  She will give an introduction to MSF and then her time in Aden. This will be held in the Khalili...
15/11/2018 - 17:45
In co-ordination with the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia and the MBI al Jaber Foundation the B-YS co-hosts a talk by National Geographic Explorer Ella al-Shamahi on her recent work on Socotra. 
21/11/2018 - 18:30
The British-Yemeni Society, in association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS (LMEI), invites you to a briefing on the latest developments in Yemen by Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen and co-president of the Society Mr Michael Aron. This event will take place on...
22/01/2019 - 17:30
The British–Yemeni Society is organising in association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS (LMEI) a talk on "The History of the Huthi Conflict" by Dr Marieke Brandt. The event will take place as part of the Contemporary Middle East Lecture Series on Tuesday 22 January 2019 at 17.30...
12/03/2019 - 12:30
The British–Yemeni Society invites you to a lunch-time lecture on Tuesday 12 March 2019 by the Society's Academic Grant scholar Joseph Higgins on Empire and Federation in South Arabia, c. 1952–67. The talk will take place at the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House,...
14/03/2019 - 17:30
The British–Yemeni Society in association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS will be hosting the following event ‘Yemen War & Women's Leadership: A Humanitarian Perspective’ in partnership with OXFAM on Thursday 14 March at 18:00...
11/04/2019 - 17:45
The British–Yemeni Society in association with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation and the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia invite you to a lecture by Dr Robert Bewley, Director and Co-Founder of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa Programme at the University of...
20/06/2019 - 17:30
The British–Yemeni Society invites members to its Twenty-Sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday, 20th June 2019 at the Arab–British Chamber of Commerce, 43 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 2NJ. This year the AGM will be followed by a...
07/07/2019 - 10:30
SYRIA | YEMEN Since 2011, Syria and Yemen have witnessed unprecedented destruction and degradation of art and cultural infrastructure, in addition to humanitarian crisis, as a result of the ongoing conflicts in both these countries. In this symposium, artists, curators and scholars investigate...
14/09/2019 - 15:00
The Society's sister organisation, the Friends of Hadhramaut are holding their annual fundraising tea party on Saturday 14 September 2019 in the impressive grounds of Wheat Barn, Cressing Temple in Essex (Witham Road | Braintree | Essex CM77 8PD) at the invitation of their member Angela...

The British-Yemeni Society was founded in February 1993 to promote mutual friendship and understanding, and to advance public knowledge in the United Kingdom about the Republic of Yemen, its history, geography, economy, and culture. 

The Society holds regular meetings and lectures throughout the year and has been involved in sponsoring artistic visits to and from the UK and Yemen, support for medical and educational initiatives in Yemen, and backing for publications and exhibitions in the UK. The Society also provides a focus for contact between individuals of both countries for the development of cultural, commercial, and humanitarian activities. 

The British-Yemeni Society is a charity registered in the UK (No. 1027531). Its joint Honorary Presidents are the current Yemeni Ambassador in London and the British Ambassador to Yemen.  Its affairs are managed by an elected Executive Committee and Honorary Officers

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News of the Society

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Dear Members, It is good to end the year with news of real progress in the peace negotiations in Stockholm arranged by Martin Griffiths, the UN Peace Envoy and his team with a lot... read more
Thank you for re-electing me to the position of Chair of the B-YS at our recent AGM and for electing and re-electing committee members.  The B-YS is stronger now than it has been... read more
The British-Yemeni Society wishes members and friends Eid Mubarak at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.  Let us pray that Yemen's trials may soon be brought to a peaceful... read more
We were having problems with a deluge of spam e-mails.  In repairing the site we have lost much recent material.  We shall try to be back up to date as soon as possible. (10 April... read more
It is very difficult for me as chairman of the B-YS, to write a "festive season" message to members of the British-Yemeni Society.  The past few days have seen the launch of a... read more
Dear Members, I am saddened to have to say that the news from Yemen has not improved since I wrote at the beginning of July.  The peace talks in Kuwait paused for a couple of... read more
Dear Members, Our AGM was well attended on 2 June, just before the start of Ramadan.  The buffet at Baden Powell House, over the road from the Yemeni Embassy, made it a pleasant... read more
The British-Yemeni Society has added its name to a statement calling on governments to stop to arms supplies to all parties in the current conflict in Yemen, and for a credible... read more
The news from Yemen has remained grim over the past weeks.  Security in Aden is poor to say the very least; Taizz is still a battleground inside a siege as far as one can tell;... read more
The British-Yemeni Society, its Chairman Dr Robert Wilson, OBE and its Executive Committee note with sorrow the death of Dr Abdul Karim al-Eryani, a central figure in Yemeni... read more
YEMEN CRISIS APPEAL The British-Yemeni Society has been observing with concern the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen over the past months.  The Society is... read more

Journal

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The Museum of Architecture, a new London-based organisation, and the British Council sponsored an exhibition this summer intended to highlight architectural interpretations of the ‘home’ in the Arab world. Dr Damluji was invited to contribute an audio-visual... read more
Benedict Wilkinson is in the final stages of his PhD at King’s College London, where he is writing about the strategies of violent Islamist groups in Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. He was previously Head of Security and Counter-Terrorism at the Royal United... read more
In the year of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, the following article recalls highlights of her visit to Aden in 1954. We are indebted to Dr Carol Downer for all but one of the b/w illustrations which accompany the text. These have been... read more
This article is based on Saleem Haddad’s talk to the Society on 28 March 2012. Saleem Haddad and Joshua Rogers work for Saferworld’s Yemen programme. The programme focuses on promoting political inclusion and enhancing understand- ings of security and justice... read more
In 2006 we published a note about the museum which had been established in France in 1990 to celebrate de Monfreid’s remarkable life (1879-1974), not least his exploits in the Red Sea and Ethiopia during the early decades of the last century. We also... read more
It has been popular – indeed is now almost conventional – to describe prerevolutionary Yemen as having been isolated and backward; it has been characterised as ‘mediæval’ or as ‘the Tibet of the Middle East’ in many Western academic articles and journalistic... read more

Charitable work of the society

Since the start of the current conflict in Yemen and in response to the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country, The British–Yemeni Society has been running its Yemen Crisis Appeal. Over the past four years the Society has collected... read more
In mid-2018, B-YS received a request from the Ras Morbat clinic in Aden for help with replacing their air conditioning units.  B-YS was pleased to fund the purchase and installation of five units, making conditons for patients and doctors a little more... read more
In 2014 the British-Yemeni Society supported a proposal submitted through the al-Dhala Community Resource Management Project (ACRMP) for the supply of equipment for the laboratory of the then non-functioning Zubaid Health Unit in the al-Dhala Governorate for... read more
The British-Yemeni Society has over the years supported the work of a number of Yemeni organisations that focus in the provision of health services to local communities throughout the country. Either through a Christmas Appeal, individual members' initiatives... read more
The British-Yemeni Society has consistently supported the work of the Ras Marbat Eye Clinic in Aden (run by Christ Church Aden of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf). Over the years, the Society has committed funds collected during its annual... read more
The British Yemeni Society has helped to fund 2 female students from the island of Soqotra to read for a degree in medicine at  the University of the Hadhramaut in Mukalla.  There are at present no female doctors on the island. Ikhlas Mohamed Saad... read more