Upcoming Events

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. 

22/01/2019 - 17:30

The British–Yemeni Society is organising in associaiton with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS (LMEI) a talk on "The History of the Huthi Conflict" by Dr Marieke Brandt.

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 committee and Honorary Officers. 

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News of the Society

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


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

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