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Upcoming Events


Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Conway Actants

13th November 2015 - 26th March 2016
Thu, 5th Nov, 2015
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An artistic and curatorial collaboration between Deborah Gardner and Jane Millar. A unique, visual art project that directly responds to Conway Hall’s spaces, ethos, activities and archive.


Central London Humanists, Conway Hall Ethical Society & the British Humanist Association presents:

Stand Up For Darwin

Saturday 13th February @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed, 2nd Dec, 2015
Stand Up For Darwin

Robin Ince, Sara Pascoe, Jay Foreman, Kate Smurthwaite and Jesus Camp with Dan & Bethan celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday with an evening of comedy.

£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

New Economics as if People Mattered

Sunday 14th February @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu, 7th Jan, 2016

In a tantalising talk Jonathan Essex will describe such a ‘circular economy’- with recycling at its core? How
will it affect our relationship not just with our environment, but with each other, and with the rest of the world?

£0 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Valentine’s Day Opera Gala

Sunday 14th February @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu, 19th Nov, 2015
Opera Gala

Ilona Domnich – soprano
Mario Sofroniou – tenor
Simon Wallfisch – baritone
Simon Callaghan – piano

Join us for a romantic evening of arias and duets from La bohème, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, Les Pêcheurs de perles and more popular operas.


The Conway Collective presents:

Performance Workshop: Materials for the Moment – Improvisation in Performance

Monday 15th February @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 5th Jan, 2016
Caroline Waters

Come and spend an evening with some of the best, brightest and most inspiring theatre, dance and movement practitioners in the country. Learn new skills, release hidden talents, improve your practice and create new work.


Spiked presents:

The New Intolerance on Campus

Wednesday 17th February @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu, 21st Jan, 2016

Spiked is bringing together world-renowned writers, academics and activists to interrogate the rise in campus censorship.

£70 - £75

The Story presents:

The Story 2016

Friday 19th February @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri, 25th Sep, 2015
The Story

The sixth (!) The Story conference will be on Friday, February 19th, at Conway Hall in London. Last year you told us it was the best event yet, with brilliant speakers including Nelly Ben-Hayoun, James Bridle, Alexa Clay, Kati London, Gary Carter, Lucy Perman and Simon Munnery. This year we’re getting an even more eclectic, challenging and inspiring list of speakers together, so get your tickets now!

Donations Welcome

LGBT Humanists presents:

The Adventures of a Happy Homosexual

Friday 19th February @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 19th Jan, 2016
Terry Sanderson

Veteran activist Terry Sanderson, talks about his own history in gay rights – as recalled in his recently published memoir: ‘The Adventures of a Happy Homosexual’.


Labour Representation Committee presents:

LRC Special General Meeting 2016

Saturday 20th February @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thu, 21st Jan, 2016
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The LRC’s annual conference will take place on Saturday 20th February 2016 at Conway Hall.


Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Introduction to Brazilian-Portuguese

Saturday 20th February @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon, 1st Feb, 2016
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese

Brazilian-Portuguese “taster” lesson for beginners.

The Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Brazilian-Portuguese language and learn some basics. Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Brazilian-Portuguese with communicative and fun activities.

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Venue Hire

Venue Hire: Main Hall

With a capacity of 400 spread over balcony and floor seating, our Main Hall retains its period features and is internationally renowned for its excellent acoustics.

Brockway Room - room hire in central London

The Brockway Room has a capacity of 70 and is ideal for meetings, lectures, and even exhibitions.

Bertrand Russell Room - room hire

The Bertrand Russell Room has a capacity of 35 and is perfect for auditions, rehearsals and meetings alike.

Venue and room hire in central London

Our Foyer and a further suite of three additional rooms, with capacities between 8 and 35, fulfils our complement of discreet hireable spaces.


A wide range of AV equipment is available to hire – technical support for events can be arranged in advance.

Venue hire - Conway Hall

Further information on our facilities and support available from Conway Hall’s staff and partners.

Catering at Conway Hall

Mayfair Catering specialises in providing the highest standard of in-house catering for a range of occasions at Conway Hall.

Weddings at Conway Hall

Starlight Design is an events company dedicated to the production of any event at Conway Hall, whatever the size.


The largest and most comprehensive humanist research resource in the UK, our Library and archives are open to all.


Conway Hall’s library and archives contain a wealth of historical texts, artworks, music and other printed materials.


Experience the Library as if you were here!


See the amazing gems from our archives. An 18 month collaborative project between the Bishopsgate Institute and Conway Hall.


You can search both our library books and archives online via our catalogue.


A reference Library open to all. Whether you’re a dedicated researcher or just curious, come and browse our shelves.

London Thinks

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – The Theology and Ethics of Star Wars

Thursday 24th March @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 26th Jan, 2016
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Is Obi Wan Kenobi a benign spirit guide or a radical preacher recruiting vulnerable teens to join a terrorist movement that blows up government Death Stars? And is Han Solo really a humanist?

These and other questions will be answered by our panel of experts, including: Anglican priest, Rev. Giles Fraser, Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou and chief executive of the British Humanist Association and Sci Fi supremo, Andrew Copson.

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Ethical Record


Is Consciousness an Insoluble Problem?

Posted on: Fri, 12th Feb, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 28th Feb, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

We currently understand very little about how the brain’s hundred thousand million neurons enable us to function, but as technology provides more neurological detail, the mechanisms behind all our various abilities will become intelligible. That’s why philosopher David Chalmers calls this the ‘easy’ problem – it’s potentially soluble. However, the ‘hard’ problem remains: how do the blind, deaf and unemotional particles in our brains conspire to create the colours, sounds, thoughts and feelings comprising our consciousness? Was Alpine climber John Tyndall right to say, in 1868, that this confronted us with an “intellectually impassable chasm”? Norman Bacrac has made an in-depth study of this quandary. ...Read More »

Speaker: Norman Bacrac
Democracy in the 21st Century

Democracy for the 21st Century

Posted on: Tue, 9th Feb, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 6th Mar, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

The vast majority of us do not trust politicians. The people’s “democratic” role is limited to voting for a group of individuals whom we didn’t select to rule us for another five years. Although we live in what is called a Democracy we have little involvement in influencing Government policy in the intervening period. Or is this soon to change? The Swiss are nearest to direct democracy. Referenda have been held on major issues since 1848. 50,000 signatures are enough to change a law, this has given them stable government and a productive economy with a very healthy balance of payments compared to UK. Derek Bates will argue that we should be able to properly engage with our elected representatives using modern communication and internet technology, have a “live" influence on our futures and express our opinions - effectively crowd-sourcing innovative policy and direction. This could be used on specific major issues such as bombing Syria, spending £80 billion on HS2 and developing smart cities, and even extend to major policy areas such as economic reform. A million brains could just be a whole lot better than one! ...Read More »

Speaker: Derek Bates
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25. The Face – Part 1

Posted on: Fri, 5th Feb, 2016
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes
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24. Kafka’s Burrow

Posted on: Sat, 23rd Jan, 2016
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes
The Internet is Changing the World

The Internet is Changing the World

Posted on: Tue, 12th Jan, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 31st Jan, 2016
Estimated reading time: 0 minutes Less than a minute

Entertainment, shopping, communication, information for the curious mind, government services, getting a better deal on your gas bill now all happens online. It’s faster and cheaper than phoning a helpline and you can see and talk to loved ones anywhere in the world at zero cost. Liz Lutgendorff will give an overview on how accessibility and digital inclusion means the internet is for everyone. She will also discuss the downsides of everyone being part of an interconnected world. ...Read More »

Speaker: Liz Lutgendorff
How Should we use Unproven Treatments During an Epidemic

How Should we Use Unproven Treatments during an Epidemic?

Posted on: Tue, 12th Jan, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 21st Feb, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

In 2013, the world began to witness an unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa that is now smoldering. Ebola virus disease has a fatality rate of up to 90%, and there are no proven vaccines or targeted treatments for the disease to date. However, several interventions were in the earliest phases of testing at the beginning of this outbreak. Heated controversy quickly arose as to whether and how these unproven interventions should be used—among researchers, humanitarian health professionals, and the affected communities, but also among bioethicists. Dr Annette Rid discusses the key points of ethical controversy and draws some important lessons for how we should use unproven vaccines and treatments during future epidemics. ...Read More »

Speaker: Dr. Annette Rid
New Economics as if People Mattered

New Economics as if People Mattered

Posted on: Tue, 12th Jan, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 14th Feb, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

We need to shift from three to One Planet Living across the UK, in a way that is inclusive and creates sustainable prosperity for all. But what will this look like and how can we achieve it? Must we divest just from fossil fuel reserves that we can't afford to burn or from the much wider linear 'extractive' economy that this supports? What does that mean for the UK's wider economic strategy – and,critically, can we be better off without getting bigger? In a tantalising talk Jonathan Essex will describe such a ‘circular economy’- with recycling at its core? How will it affect our relationship not just with our environment, but with each other, and with the rest of the world? ...Read More »

Speaker: Jonathan Essex
The Lost Narrative of Jesus

The Lost Narrative of Jesus

Posted on: Tue, 12th Jan, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 7th Feb, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Of all the stories about Jesus, the transfiguration has been the most difficult to understand. It contains improbable, miraculous elements: a secret meeting on a mountain with Moses and Elijah - both long since dead, God speaking from a cloud, Jesus with his face and clothes transfigured by heavenly light. The story sits, with curious inconsistencies, uneasily in the gospels. There are two current theories: either that it is an allegory or a misplaced post-resurrection account. Peter Cresswell will carefully take you through the story of the texts to show that neither is right and, in the course of his investigation, causes the pieces of the puzzle to fall dramatically back into place. ...Read More »

Speaker: Peter Cresswell

23. Is There Anybody There?

Posted on: Mon, 11th Jan, 2016
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes
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22. Let There Be Rock

Posted on: Sun, 3rd Jan, 2016
Estimated reading time: 15 minutes

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