Mission Statement

History, aims and objectives

The Piłsudski Institute of London continues the work of the Institute for Research into the Modern Polish History established in Warsaw in 1923. Following Piłsudski’s death in 1935, the name of the organization was changed to the Józef Piłsudski Institute for Research in Modern History.

The reinstatement of the Institute in post-war Poland was not feasible because of the Yalta Agreement, leaving the Polish nation for the next half-century within the Soviet sphere of influence.

In 1947 the Piłsudski Institute of London was founded in order to continue the mission of its pre-war predecessor. In this new geopolitical reality, it became one of the first cultural and educational institutions established to promote Polish history in the United Kingdom.

The primary aims of the Piłsudski Institute of London are collecting, safeguarding and providing access to documents, historic artefacts, and books related to modern Polish history, and in particular those connected to the work and political vision of Marshal Józef Piłsudski, the father of the free Polish state, and his associates.

The Institute also recognises its continuing educational role in disseminating knowledge and public understanding of Poland's history and cultural legacy, whilst promoting historical research. The Institute fosters public engagement by means of exhibitions, lectures, book launches, and celebrations of anniversaries related to Polish history. The Institute emphasises its open character by addressing a wide range of audiences, from scholars to school children, across both the Polish and English communities.

The operations of the Institute rely on the expertise of three employed heritage professionals, supported by the workforce of a multi-generational group of committed volunteers, as well as periodical work visits of archivists from leading Polish heritage organisations.

Not All Is History:
70th Anniversary Fundraising Appeal

The Piłsudski Institute of London is an independent self-supporting charity, which has operated in the United Kingdom for the past seventy years. Today, in its seventieth year, it is of paramount importance to safeguard the Institute’s financial future, in order to enable it to continue fulfilling its mission in the years to come.
The Not All Is History 70th Anniversary Fundraising Appeal, is aimed at securing the long-term future of the Institute and we would be most grateful if you were able to offer your support through making a donation, leaving a legacy, or putting us in touch with prospective individual or corporate donors, trusts and foundations, which may be interested in sponsoring our work.

The Piłsudski Institute of London is a not-for-profit organisation and any donations are subject to tax relief. Any form of support would be of huge help.

Payments can be made by cheque made out to Pilsudski Institute, or via a bank transfer to:
Instytut Jozefa Pilsudskiego, IBAN: GB2 BARC 203 9000 5408 03

Heartfelt Thanks.