The Bhutan Society of the United Kingdom

Welcome to the Society!

The Bhutan Society of the United Kingdom is for people who wish to develop knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of Bhutan - and to encourage cultural and educational links between the peoples of the United Kingdom and Bhutan. It links together people who are interested in, or who have connections with, the Kingdom of Bhutan. Via a series of talks through the year, an annual dinner and a newsletter, members stay in contact with developments in Bhutan, with Bhutanese resident in the UK and with each other.
Please browse the website and read back issues of the newsletter to discover more.

Upcoming events

The 2nd Annual Bhutan Film Evening
Tuesday 26th March 2019, 6pm (second half from 8pm)
The Polish Hearth Club, 55 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PN

A night of exciting and interesting movies from Bhutan!
The programme is detailed on the Events page.
You are welcome to join us for either or both screenings (6pm and 8pm starts).
Members are welcome to bring guests who we encourage to join the Society or to consider a £10 donation.

Annual General Meeting
Monday 8th April 2019, 6:00 pm
The National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE

Please join us for the Society’s Annual General Meeting. After the AGM there will be a brief break followed by several short talks by Bhutanese students in the UK (7pm start). See the Events page for details of the speakers.
As usual, members' guests will be encouraged to join the Society or consider a £10 donation.

Exhibition in Scotland:
Bhutan in the Footsteps of George Sherriff

George Sherriff (1898- 1967) was a botanist and plant hunter who met and travelled with Frank Ludlow in the Himalaya in the mid-1930s and again in the late 1940s. His papers are held by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and many specimens he collected are with the Natural History Museum in London.
RBGE has opened an exhibition of George Sherriff’s expeditions in the Logan Studio, Logan Botanic Garden, near Stranraer, SW Scotland. It runs until 31 July 2019 and entrance is free with garden admission. Further details.

Bhutan's General Election

The General Election took place on 18 October 2018. The result was Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa: 30 seats. Druk Phuensum Tshogpa: 17 seats. Please see for further information.

Cine from Bhutan

A selection of fascinating Cine videos of Bhutan from the 1940s, taken by Dr Harry Staunton, have recently been added to the Articles section along with a commentary about Dr Staunton's life and the provenance of the Films. The Society thanks Mrs Diana Hughes for making these videos available to us.

Watercolours for sale

Michael Blooman - Bhutan Society member, artist, explorer and plantsman - has generously offered to sell some of his paintings from Bhutan in aid of the Bhutan Society Trust Fund. Please click here to view the images and for contact details.