Language Trails: A Journey through London’s East European Heritage

16 April 2015

Thursday May 21


Discussion / Quiz/ Film / Prizes /Drinks/ Exhibition

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Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building, Malet Place

When Shirley Bassey sings Goldfinger she nods to the Hungarian architect of the Trellic Tower. The famous long view of London’s Bankside and Shakespeare’s Globe? Etched in 1647 by a Bohemian. Is there Ukrainian Cossack gold in the Bank of England? Only the Bank of England knows. Who transformed the Covent Garden Opera Company into the Royal Opera? A Hungarian.

First Impressions of London (© Robert Czibi)
First Impressions of London (© Robert Czibi)

Whether East Europeans contribute to, or only benefit from, British society is an ongoing polemic today. The impact of migrants is a complex matter. Be at the ready for a quiz with a difference as we explore the eight virtual walking tours (Bulgarian, Czech/Slovak, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian/Croatian, Ukrainian) through the linguistic, artistic, professional, and creative traces that East Europeans have left behind in London.

A drinks reception follows in the Roberts Foyer G02.


From 5pm and throughout the programme, an exhibition entitled "East European-ize: London through East European Eyes" will be on display in the Roberts Building Foyer (G02). Artists will be available for conversation.

Exhibition curators: Karolina Koza and Robert Czibi.

About the Project

East European Language Trails marks the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies' (SSEES) Centenary in 2015, and it is a collaborative website-building project between teachers, students, and the East European communities of London.

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