As announced on 28 February 2013, the Council of the Royal Commonwealth Society has exchanged contracts to dispose of leases on Northumberland Avenue. On Friday 28 June the Commonwealth Club will close to members at 25 Northumberland Avenue. The Society has had its home in Northumberland Avenue since 1922 and naturally there is a great affection for the premises. The Council has not taken these steps lightly, however, the first duty of the Trustees is to secure the viability of the Society.
The Club has hosted many important events and people over the years, from Nelson Mandela addressing his first UK press conference, post release, to Her Majesty The Queen being presented with the Jubilee Time Capsule. It is in this vein that the Society will continue with a full programme of educational and advocacy projects on the horizon for 2014. For example, the Commonwealth Essay Competition has had its busiest year ever in 2013 and we will look forward to continuing this work with our teachers around the Commonwealth in 2014. Our new piece of research, "Commonwealth Compared" has been well received and we are planning our next release for the autumn 2013, along with a new international membership for the Society which is currently undergoing consultation. Our full events programme will continue in London and in cities around the Commonwealth, so too will our advocacy work, including the current campaign to end early and forced marriage in the Commonwealth.
As we look forward, it is with excitement and a strong belief in the values of the Commonwealth that we hope members, Commonwealth colleagues and partners will embark on this journey with us.
For any enquiries, please contact Michael Lake, Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society on 0207 766 9200.