Pushkin House

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Pushkin House


Pushkin House library

In 1954 a small group of Soviet emigrés set up a polit­i­cally neutral Russian cultural centre at a house in Kens­ington Park Gardens. Two years later they moved to 46 Ladbroke Grove, which they named Pushkin House in honour of the influ­en­tial author and poet, echoing the familiar name of the Institute of Russian Liter­a­ture in St Peters­burg.

In 2006 Pushkin House relocated to a more spacious and refined home, a grade II* listed Georgian townhouse at 5a Blooms­bury Square. Dating from the beginning of the 18th century, the house was substan­tially rebuilt in 1744 by Henry Flitcroft, who added the Palladian façade.

Unlike most of London’s foreign cultural centres, Pushkin House operates as an inde­pen­dent charity rather than a govern­ment-funded arm of an embassy. It lays on a varied programme, focusing on the arts but with a smat­tering of history, philos­ophy and politics. Events include talks, seminars, exhi­bi­tions, films, concerts and readings, mostly in English or with English subtitles in the case of Russian film screen­ings.

Russian language courses are run here and Pushkin House also has its own reference library of Russian culture, a corner of which is shown in the picture above.