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Post-war Slovene emigrants to Britain tell their stories

Valentin Mohar and Ivan Lavrič, post-war Slovene refugees who emigrated to Britain, tell their stories in video interviews recorded by ŠCNR (Študijski center za narodno spravo). Both were long-time members of the British-Slovene Society.

The interviews were recorded in Slovene in 2011 and distributed now by ŠCNR. Click on these links:   


Commentary by ŠCNR:

To je pripoved dveh pričevalcev iz Loškega Potoka, Ivana in Valentina, ki ju je zaradi razmer po koncu druge svetovne vojne pot vodila iz rodne Slovenije v Anglijo. Odstrla nam bosta pogled na dogajanje med vojno, delovanje v primorski varnostni straži in večmesečno bivanje po italijanskih taboriščih.

5. simpozij slovenskih raziskovalcev v tujini 21. in 22. december z začetkom ob 10:45

Društvo VTIS letos organizira peti Simpozij slovenskih znanstevnikov v tujini. 

Začel se bo z okroglo mizo z naslovom ”Sobivanje slovenskega in angleškega jezika v slovenskem akademskem prostoru – izzivi, priložnosti in dileme”.

Sledili bodo paneli iz naslednjih raziskovalnih področij:

➡️ Odgovorne tehnologije,

➡️ Astronomija,

➡️ Intermedijska umetnost in kulturna dediščina,

➡️ Razvojno inovacijska strategija Slovenije (RISS) 2030 in internacionalizacija,

➡️ Mikrobiologija in infekcijske bolezni.

Vabljeni, da se jim pridružite in prisluhnete zanimivim predavanjem in razpravam priznanih slovenskih raziskovalcev v tujini, ki bodo predstavili svoja raziskovalna dela.

Dogodek je brezplačen, prijave so obvezne: https://lnkd.in/gED8N9z






British-Slovene Christmas Service on YouTube

Did you miss the British-Slovene Society’s service of Christmas Carols and readings on Zoom last night, 11th December?

You can catch up with it on YouTube on: https://youtu.be/hDtKUwsmoVE.

This was the first time that we staged this event online, and it turned out to be a moving experience bringing together young and old, including those who would not have been able to come to the church in person. Some 150 people took part on Zoom from all over United Kingdom, Slovenia and elsewhere. A further 100 or so followed live on YouTube. 

The picture above shows Lakeland Voices singing in the church in Sedbergh, Cumbria. Debbie Field, pictured left, commented:

“I was moved to tears at times and I am still feeling quite emotional. I was expecting to  feel nervous about our videos, but I found myself feeling part of a much bigger and more precious thing, and personal concerns disappeared. I wasn’t expecting to feel so much part of a special occasion, and I did very much so.”

We wish everybody a Happy Christmas….and a better 2021!

Trustees of the British-Slovene Society.

BSS Virtual Christmas – 11th December 6 pm – your Zoom link


Join us at 6 pm on Friday 11th December for the British-Slovene Society’s special online celebration of Christmas.

Please use the following link to join with Zoom:

Meeting ID: 278 435 7597
Passcode: Carols2020

Our Trustee Mateja Šömen is putting together a great programme of singing and readings in Slovene and English, followed by time to chat and catch up with friends. Bring a glass of wine and potica or mince pies to celebrate together. You are welcome to invite your friends.

As you may remember, we always hold collections for Barka, the charity for people with special needs in Slovenia. Particularly at this time, please give generously. Here is the link for donations: 


See you online for a cheerful start to Christmas! 

Slovene Feminism in Trieste from1897 to 1928 – Tuesday 8 December at 5pm via Zoom

The School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the Slovene lectureship invite you to a lecture by Prof Marta Verginella (University of Ljubljana): From Slovenka to Ženski svet: Slovene Feminism in Trieste between Cosmopolitism and the National Struggle, 1897-1928 as part of the Central Europe Seminar Series. The lecture is in English.

Tuesday, 8 December 2020 at 5:00 pm–6:30 pm, via Zoom, registration required: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/events/2020/dec/slovenka-zenski-svet

About the lecture: At the turn of the twentieth century, Trieste was the Habsburg Monarchy’s most important port city and the site of a fierce national struggle between Slovenes and Italians. From 1897 to 1902, the first Slovenian women’s newspaper Slovenka was published in Trieste and its first editor, Marica Nadlišek, was at the centre of an extensive social and intellectual network spanning the Slovene, Habsburg and South Slavonic worlds. Slovenka was at the margins of the national movement, yet it became a focal point of Slovene feminism and women’s pan-Slavism. The outbreak of war in 1914, along with the subsequent collapse of the Habsburg Empire and the rise of fascism, decimated intellectual circles in Trieste. Those Slovene women who decided not to emigrate to the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia) had to give up their feminist and political ideals and devote themselves to national defence work in hopes of mitigating the consequences of fascism and forced italianization of the Slovene population.

About the speaker: Marta Verginella is the principal investigator on the ERC Advanced Grant project EIRENE (https://project-eirene.eu/event/). She is a professor of history at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana, teaching European History of the Nineteenth Century and Theory of History. She has led and coordinated various research projects, including The legal and political history of women in the Slovene lands, Women and Borders, and Women and the First World War. She has published numerous articles and presented her work at domestic and international conferences in the fields of border studies, memory studies, oral history and the history of nineteenth century. She has also done pioneering work in the social and cultural history of women during the First and Second World Wars.


Three Slovene Admirals and Lord Nelson – cont’d

Raigersfeld, Jeffrey: HMS ‘Montagu’ Forcing the Enemy to Move from Bertheaume Bay, 22 August 1800; oil on canvas, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich 

More on Lord Nelson and three Slovene Admirals (see earlier posts). Jeffrey Raigersfeld, one of the Slovene Admirals, was also an accomplished painter. He painted the picture above which can be seen in Greenwich.

To read about it, click  The Nelson Dispatch 

For a follow-up to this article, click The Slovenian Connection

Scottish-Slovene Society welcomes you on 28 November

Liven up the dark evening this Saturday 28 November by joining the Scottish-Slovene Society for a convivial get-together online at 7 pm.

You can meet the new Ambassadors of the UK in Slovenia, and Slovenia in the UK, learn about interesting cocktails, take part in a quiz, and meet a lively group of friends north of the border.  

To take part, register on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-slovenian-st-andrews-night-skotsko-slovenski-vecer-sv-andreja-tickets-128591525715.



British-Slovene Society Virtual Christmas – 11th December at 6 pm

We invite you to join us at 6 pm on Friday 11th December for a special online celebration of Christmas with the British-Slovene Society.

Rather than celebrating in church, we will gather in a virtual festivity, including singing, readings and music, followed by time to chat and catch up with friends.

We will miss being together in person, but we aim to make this a unique and memorable occasion!    

Save the date and the time. More details about the programme and joining will follow.

Let’s start preparing for a cheerful Christmas. See you online!

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