The Philby Arabia Fund

The Saudi British Society is delighted to welcome a new initiative for 2022 with the launch of The Philby Arabia Fund.

Many members and friends will be familiar with the work of Harry St. John Philby (1885 -1960) who was a British Arabist, adviser, writer and explorer. His writing and images from many years spent in Arabia are deeply evocative and some of those images appear on this page and more will follow.

To keep his memory and his enthusiasm for exploration and knowledge of Arabia alive for future generations, the Philby family has joined with The Saudi British Society to establish The Philby Arabia Fund. This Fund will grant The Philby Arabia Fund Awards to successful applicants who plan to undertake purposeful travel within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Full details of the Awards and the application process are available from the Hon. Secretary of The Saudi British Society at secretary@saudibritishsociety.org.uk

Successful applicants would be required to present their fieldwork report to the members of The Saudi British Society after completion of their travels.

Details of the Awards granted and the expeditions undertaken will appear on the Society’s website.

It is the intention to make the presentation of The Philby Arabia Fund Award an annual event. Should sufficient funds and suitable applications be available, then more than one Award may be granted in any one year. Similarly if there are insufficient funds or no suitable applications then an annual Award would not be granted.

To establish and maintain the Philby Arabia Fund, donations are invited from individuals, companies and other entities resident in the United Kingdom or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or elsewhere, who would like to support the aims of The Philby Arabia Fund.

For individuals who may pay tax in the United Kingdom there is the option to make their donation qualify for UK Gift Aid so please do choose that option if applicable as it will increase the amount of the donation receivable at no additional cost to you as the donor.

A. For UK-based individuals to make a donation to The Philby Arabia Fund, please use the link below. By making a donation of at least £28, you can become a member of The Saudi British Society for this calendar year should you wish to do so and you will receive further details about membership after making your donation:

B. For UK-based individuals and UK-based entities to make a donation to The Philby Arabia Fund from a UK bank account using BACS, please make your payment using these details

  • Account name: The Saudi British Society
  • Sort code: 40-52-40
  • Account number: 00020176
  • Bank name and address: CAF Bank, 25 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4JQ, United Kingdom
  • Beneficiary’s account/IBAN number: GB66CAFB40524000020176
  • Beneficiary’s address: 1 Gough Square, London EC4A3DE, United Kingdom

C. For overseas-based individuals and overseas entities to make a donation to The Philby Arabia Fund from a non-UK bank account, please make your payment using these details:

  • Correspondent bank (SWIFT/BIC code):
    MIDLGB22XXX
  • Correspondent bank’s name and address:
    HSBC City Corporate Banking Centre, 60 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4TR, United Kingdom
  • Beneficiary bank SWIFT:
    CAFBGB21XXX
  • Beneficiary’s bank’s name and address:
    CAF Bank, 25 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4JQ, United Kingdom
  • Beneficiary’s account/IBAN number:
    GB66CAFB40524000020176
  • Beneficiary’s account name and address:
    The Saudi British Society, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A3DE, United Kingdom

To receive confirmation of your donation, for any payment queries, or to join The Saudi British Society if you are not a UK-based individual, please contact the Hon. Treasurer of The Saudi British Society at treasurer@saudibritishsociety.org.uk

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