Records of the British-Bulgarian Friendship Society (now the British-Bulgarian Society)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection contains minutes of the Annual General meeting of the British-Bulgarian Friendship Society (BBFS) from the inaugural AGM (1954) to 2012; Executive Committee minutes and related correspondence (1973-2011); copies of the BBFS newsletter (1990-2012); booklets produced by the BBFS including one to commemorate the Society's 50th anniversary as well as files relating to projects funded by the BBFS in Bulgaria and donations made by the Society to other charitable organisations and projects working in Bulgaria.

This collection contains items written in English and Bulgarian.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society for Friendship with Bulgaria was formally established in 1952 as a non-political organisation with the aim of promoting friendship between the populations of Britain and Bulgaria. The inspiration for the Society came from the Committee of Friendship with Bulgaria, set up in 1948 by British members of the Bulgarian section of the international Balkan work brigades. The Society has changed its name several times, including to the British-Bulgarian Friendship Society in 1976, and is now known as the British-Bulgarian Society.

Events organised by the British-Bulgarian Society include regular natural history and bird-watching tours of Bulgaria as well as sightseeing and other specialist tours. Any profits made are used to award small bursaries to Bulgarian students studying in the UK as well as to support charitable projects in Bulgaria. The Society produces a newsletter three or four times a year.

Arrangement

U DX378/1 AGM Minutes and reports

U DX378/2 Executive Committee minutes

U DX378/3 Published material and newsletters

U DX378/4 Subject Files

Conditions Governing Access

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

Deposited by Dr Annie Kay, Feb 2014

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