About the B-LS

President: The Right Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC MP
Chairman: Acting Chairman Simon Butt, former HM Ambassador to Vilnius
Treasurer: Peter Howe
Secretary: Aleksas Vilčinskas

Committee Members:
Kastytis Baublys
Neil Taylor
Dr Aurelija Zamauskaitė
Prof Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski
Jeremy Hill

The British-Lithuanian Society aims to further links of all kinds including academic, cultural, educational, charitable, political and business between individuals and organisations in the United Kingdom and Lithuania.

The Society enjoys support from a broad membership with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. The members include professional people in fields such as archaeology, business, diplomacy, law, heraldry, medicine, engineering, science, academia and the arts, and all others who are interested in Lithuania.

Why join the Society?
By joining the British-Lithuanian Society you will have the opportunity to make your own distinctive contribution to the expansion of ties between the UK and Lithuania, and keep up to date with interesting developments taking place in Lithuania and its Baltic neighbours.

The Society supports good causes in Lithuania and has established a Registered Charity, “The Tiltas Trust” (TTT), for this purpose.

Lithuanian business contacts are facilitated by means of our informal partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania (BCCL).

What does the Society do?
The Society arranges a varied programme of talks, book launches, film shows, concerts, visits, and social activities. Talks are given by experts in their field. Most of the Society’s functions are held at the Embassy of Lithuania in London, where members and their guests may continue the evening over wine and snacks. Other venues are sometimes used.

The Society also engages in cultural projects that encourage links between the UK and Lithuania.

The Society’s journal: Tiltas (‘The Bridge’)
All members receive the Society’s journal Tiltas free of charge. Tiltas publishes articles about British-Lithuanian Society activities, Lithuanian and regional history, politics, culture, the history of Lithuanians in Britain, book reviews, etc.

The Tiltas Trust (TTT)
The Society’s registered charity TTT facilitates contacts and fosters exchanges of knowledge between NGOs in the UK and Lithuania. Current projects are:

  • Transfer of UK experience in the field of support and palliative care for cancer patients (working with Macmillan Cancer Support among others).
  • Encouraging the development of ‘Arts in Health’ schemes in Lithuania.
  • Encouraging the development of volunteering in Lithuania (with advice from Volunteering England).

Membership
Different classes of membership are available: Ordinary, Student, Sustaining, Corporate and Life. The fee supplement paid by the latter three classes contributes towards The Tiltas Trust and qualifies as Gift Aid for UK taxpayers.