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. Edith Durham was an early active participant and Secretary of the Association. She won acclaim as a foreign correspondent, writer, 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.
From 2011 efforts were made to start to revitalise the AAA, and 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. This includes an e -newsletter: Gazette which is currently published three times a year and contains a wide range of articles about all aspects of Albanian life and culture.
The Association celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 with a series of centenary events and has continued with a rich programme of events .including two major Scanderbeg events, one at Pembroke College in Cambridge in 2016 ,and last year, 2018, in the British Academy in London.
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
Vice-President: Dr James Hickson
Chairman: Stephen Nash CMG
Committee: Patricia Swire (Secretary), Philip Logoreci (Treasurer), Arber Koci (Membership Secretary), Adam Yamey (Editor), Alison Carter, Michael Gunn, Dr Joanna Hanson, Patricia Nugee, Neil Taylor, Rudina Suti, John Watkins and Patrick Wilson.
Ex-Officio: Alketa Lama (Embassy of Albania, London), and Imer Berisha (Embassy of Kosovo, London).