About us

The aim of the Melik Society is to advance public awareness of Anglo-Sudanese history in the period 1883-1956 through the restoration and preservation of the river gunboat Melik and the paddle steamer Bordein.

The Society is a registered charity formed in 1994 by a group of individuals with a common interest in the history of the Sudan and her relationship with the United Kingdom.


The purpose of the Melik Society is to advance public awareness of British and Sudanese history, and to establish a permanent memorial to those brave men on both sides who fought in the campaigns 1883–1899.


  • To assist in the restoration and maintenance of the gunboats Melik and Bordein so that they can be exhibited to the general public.
  • To stimulate public interest in Anglo-Sudanese history by research and publishing information.
  • To establish in the UK a database of Sudanese military history.
  • To encourage goodwill and cooperation between the British and Sudanese organisations involved in the preservation of Sudan’s historical artifacts.

Governance & Council


Emma Kitchener, The Lady Fellowes of West Stafford LVO


General Sir Peter de la Billiere KCB KBE DSO MC
Ian Cliff OBE


Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE
Richard Dunn
Richard Gethin-Jones
Anis Haggar
Robert Keown-Boyd
Ralph Moore-Morris
Major General Ted Willmott CB OBE
Allan Woodliffe


Post vacant

How you can help

If you can contribute in any way to the Society’s objectives, or would like further information, please contact us.