The British Council’s early history in Hungary was influenced by the historical and political events of the times. Our institution was officially established in 1963, following a brief period of absence from 1950. We were allowed to re-enter Hungary under a cultural agreement renewable every three years, which served as the official milestone of our establishment. During that time, the British Council came to existence as the Cultural Section of the British Embassy, marking decades of co-existence with the diplomatic body.

The agreement on the establishment and operation of cultural centres between the Government of the Republic of Hungary and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was signed in 1992. It was during this time that the British Council moved to the Benczúr Street building, unveiling a modern and welcoming language school.

The building hosted 300 square metres of area for a reception, language school and library. The main goal was to eliminate the official character of the building and create a clear, transparent layout that facilitates free movement between various functions. Its modernity came from its open, transparent space, which was enhanced by numerous unique furniture and installation elements – plasma TV-s and information panels, a unique glass surface with internet connection and a row of benches for surfing the web.

Additionally, examination capacity expanded in response to the significant demand for English language proficiency since 1989-90. The Benczúr Street library became a popular meeting place for teachers, university students, and those interested in British films and literature. Moreover, British Council information points were established in libraries nationwide.

In 1992, Diana, Princess off Wales visited Hungary. The refurbished and stylish British Council on Benczúr Street was inaugurated by her and Árpád Göncz, the President of the Hungarian Republic.