The Anglo-Albanian Association (AAA) evolved from a committee established in 1912 by Aubrey Herbert, the renowned diplomat, scholar and MP. His aim was to champion Albania’s right to independence. An early supporter as Secretary was Edith Durham, who won fame as a foreign correspondent, traveller, and anthropologist of the Balkans.
After the First World War, the Association monitored events in the Balkans and was an important channel through which news from Albania was conveyed to the British Government and general public. After the Second World War its prime concern was for the fate of exiles from Enver Hoxha's Albania. Since the collapse of the Communist regime in 1991, and the advent of democracy, the Association has renewed its links with Albania, and has hosted an annual reception to celebrate Albanian National Day on 28 November.
As part of a recent effort to revitalize the AAA, we are now holding regular events including guest lectures on Albanian history, culture and music, book launches and screenings of Albanian films. We also provide information to our members on a range of Albania-related events and developments.
The Association is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012 with a continuing series of centenary events. Members are requested to pay their annual membership subscriptions which will entitle them to free or reduced rate admittance to these events and to the Annual General Meeting.
The annual subscription is £15 for a single adult, £25 for family membership and £5 for a student.
President: Sir Noel Malcolm
Chair: Stephen Nash CMG
Committee: Patricia Swire (Secretary), Philip Logoreci (Treasurer), Arber Koci (Membership Secretary), Patricia Nugee, Neil Taylor, Patrick Wilson, Fatos Selita, Agron Loxha, Agim Morina, Michael Gunn.
Ex-Officio: Bejtullah Destani, Entela Gjika.