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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 will be the first visual art project in Conway Hall’s history to directly respond to its spaces, ethos, activities and archive. For example, photographic collaboration revealing the more hidden spaces of Conway Hall or scenes of the library at dusk will hang both inside and on the outside the building, facing out onto Red Lion Square. Hexagonal structures suspended from ceiling windows will link the bee hives on the roof with the collective interior space, mixed media paintings will explore spaces and structures propagated by human and non-human agency and a series of assemblage works will respond to archive portraits of key figures in the history of Conway Hall.


Helen Lewis presents:

Hear Me Roar: A Feminist Fundraiser

Wednesday 25th November @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon, 26th Oct, 2015
Hear me Roar

Every week, two women in Britain are killed by their partners or ex-partners. And yet, funding to women’s shelters and services is under severe threat. Join Bridget Christie, Nimko Ali, Suzanne Moore, Jenny Landreth, Zoe Margolis, Martin Robbins, Isabel Adomakoh Young and the London Refugee Women’s Forum for an evening in aid of the Hackney-based women’s charity Nia.


CISTA presents:

Hustings and Vote for CISTA’s London Mayoral Candidate

Thursday 26th November @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed, 14th Oct, 2015
Hustings and vote for CISTA’s London Mayoral Candidate

In May 2015 CISTA became the first pro-drug reform political party to contest a General Election across the United Kingdom. We are a brand new political party with the ambition of building a broad-based community of candidates and members.

We want your help, not only to break stereotypes and show that everyday people are backing changes to cannabis laws, but to build a sustainable platform for real change.


The Whiskey Affair presents:

The Whiskey Affair: London

Saturday 28th November @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu, 5th Nov, 2015
The Whisky Affair

Do you enjoy whiskey? Would you like to discover more about it, but don’t know where to start? Do you like music? Do you like fun?

The Whiskey Affair is for you if you answered ‘Yes!’ to any of these questions. We are putting on an evening session at Conway Hall in Central London this November and have tons of brands of whiskey to share with you.

£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Storm Clouds Over the Countryside: What Future for Rural England?

Sunday 29th November @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed, 21st Oct, 2015
Storm clouds over the countryside: what future for rural England?

This talk will outline the ominous threats to the English countryside from unsustainable and unplanned development, and look for signs of hope. It will examine the growing pressures for housing development,food production, the changing character of the landscape and rural economy, the relationship between town and country, and how we can reconcile conflicting objectives for the use of land, one of our most important natural resources.

£0 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Arcadia Quartet

Sunday 29th November @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon, 13th Jul, 2015
Arcadia Quartet

Pre-concert recital at 5.30pm: Hiro Takenouchi – piano

Schumann: Études Symphoniques Op.13

Main recital at 6.30pm: Arcadia Quartet

Haydn: Quartet in B flat Op.1/1 ‘La Chasse’
Beethoven: Quartet in D Op.18/3
Bartók: Quartet No.4 Sz.91

Event Category:
£5 - £8

Conway Hall Ethical Society & Londonist presents:

London is Drinking

Monday 30th November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 3rd Nov, 2015
London is Drinking

Join beer experts Pete Brown and Melissa Cole, gin-historian Richard Barnett, and London brewers and distillers for a celebration and discussion of London and it’s drinking history and culture; from the taverns to the gin craze, to craft brewing and beyond. Londonist and Conway Hall Ethical Society are proud to present an evening of ale, gin, pubs, conversation and a tipsy toddle through our fantastic city’s history and life.

£3 - £5

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

A British-Owned Congo: Roger Casement’s Battle with Slavery in Peru (1910-1914)

Tuesday 1st December @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri, 5th Jun, 2015
Roger Casement

Roger Casement was the twentieth century’s first outstanding humanitarian. Best known for his 1904 chilling report on conditions in King Leopold’s Congo, Casement continued his campaign for human rights in the Putumayo Valley bordering Peru and Colombia, where a rubber company with headquarters in London was abusing and murdering indigenous people on a massive scale – nearly thirty thousand workers had died for a few thousand tons of rubber. Casement’s 1912 Foreign Office published report made for disturbing reading. He was widely celebrated as a hero in his battle to expose widespread abusive labour regimes. In 1916, Casement was hanged on a charge of treason by the British Government.


City CBT Coaching College presents:

Dealing with Perfectionism

Thursday 3rd December @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri, 20th Nov, 2015
Prof Windy Dryden

Windy Dryden on Dealing with Perfectionism plus Live CBT Sessions.

Event Category:
£3 - £5

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Slavery isn’t History: The Argument for Reparations

Friday 4th December @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue, 27th Oct, 2015
Slavery isn’t History: The Argument for Reparations

Should Britain pay reparations for slavery? Join Dr Aidan McQuade, Director of Anti-Slavery International, in an interactive discussion that will look at the arguments for and against.

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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.

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Ethical Record

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An Atheist and a Muslim in Conversation: Overcoming Differences, Challenging Fundamentalism and Promoting Secular Values

Posted on: Fri, 20th Nov, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 10th Jan, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Progressive Muslims and atheists differ on key issues such as the existence of God, and the likelihood of an afterlife. Yet there is much we have in common: from promoting secular democracy and human rights, to opposing faith-based discrimination. In recent years, atheist and Muslim campaigners have worked together to oppose the normalisation of gender segregation in public universities, campaigned against exclusionary policies in faith schools, and promoted greater acceptance of same-sex relations in faith communities. What are the barriers to achieving progress, and how can we build on our successes? In this intriguing and very timely event, two high profile figures Tehamina Kazi and Boyd Sleator will discuss these important issues impacting our society today. ...Read More »

Speaker: Boyd Sleator
Speaker: Tehmina Kazi
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17. Contemporaneity

Posted on: Mon, 16th Nov, 2015
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes
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The Fight for – or over – Education

Posted on: Mon, 9th Nov, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 13th Dec, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Nigh on 50 years ago, a hotly contested Black Paper, “Fight for Education”, was published. It was a collection of reactionary – or necessarily corrective – essays, depending on your point of view. It was written in the climate of alarm at the height of student power at the LSE, the prospective abolition of grammar schools, the onset of the new universities and continuous assessment in place of exams, and the emphasis on self-expression in the Humanities, rather than learning. Chris Bratcher and Chris Ormell will revisit this pivotal period in education, to remind us – or reveal to a new generation – the extent of these opinions and concerns. They will ask whether the changes that were being proposed that so dismayed the BLACK PAPER authors, have come home to roost. Did they cause a collapse in the transmission of culture or did they lead to the “ better" education that is on offer today ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL STORY? And finally do these considerations help inform us as to how we might develop education going forward? ...Read More »

Speaker: Chris Bratcher
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16. Art as Kidnap

Posted on: Fri, 30th Oct, 2015
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes
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Democracy? What Britain might learn from Cuba

Posted on: Thu, 22nd Oct, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 6th Dec, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Cuban officials argue that their political and economic system is extraordinarily democratic. Most Western media state just the opposite, claiming that Cuba suffers from an extreme lack of democracy. For many raised in the West, their type of democracy seems to be the only, the inevitable or the ideal form of democracy, one that should be exported to the rest of the world. But democracy in fact is a multifaceted, contested set of concepts that has taken many forms over space and time. By comparing the democratic institutions that have been developed in Cuba since its 1959 Revolution with those that are claimed for Britain, Graham Bell examines whether the quality of our democracy might be raised using Cuba’s experience. ...Read More »

Speaker: Graham Bell
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15. Jeanette’s Gate

Posted on: Sat, 17th Oct, 2015
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
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A leftist critique of multiculturalism

Posted on: Fri, 9th Oct, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 15th Nov, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Multiculturalism is a conservative idea that’s seen as progressive. It is about background, ethnicity, belonging, spokespersons and roots. Those who talk about roots talk about an idyll of the past, a historical El Dorado - in contrast to impartial institutions, technological achievements, gender equality, and modern society. A reactionary ideology does not become more radical just because ‘progressive’ journalists, politicians, and academics are cherishing it. The developed world has dragged a Trojan Horse into its midst. Dr Göran Adamson will present this, albeit highly controversial, perspective on living cheek-by-jowl with many different races and cultures. This should ensure a lively discussion! ...Read More »

Speaker: Göran Adamson
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Slavery Now and in the Future.

Posted on: Thu, 8th Oct, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 8th Nov, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Today, incredibly, 30 million people around the world are living as slaves, reflecting double standards between the rich and poor countries. And there are also 160 million missing women worldwide. In Thailand alone there are 472,000 in slavery prostitution, many having HIV. Slavery is illegal in every country in the modern world, but it still exists, and even on the narrowest definition of slavery it's likely that there are far more slaves now than there were victims of the Atlantic slave trade. Gillian Kaile, an expert in this field, will reveal the shocking nature and the dire prospects for this dark inhuman activity which is still practised around the world. ...Read More »

Speaker: Gillian Kaile
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How medical research died.

Posted on: Thu, 8th Oct, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 22nd Nov, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Anyone who has been a scientist for more than 20 years will realize that there has been a progressive decline in the honesty of communications between scientists, between scientists and their institutions and between scientists and their institutions and the outside world.' These are the words of Bruce Charlton, Professor of Theoretical medicine. This sad stated of affairs is reinforced by Marcia Agnell who was the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine for twenty years. The highest impact medical journal in the world. 'It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.' Dr Kendrick will explain how we have traveled to this crisis point. ...Read More »

Speaker: Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
Book Review

Breadline Britain – the return of mass poverty

Posted on: Mon, 5th Oct, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

By: Stewart Lansley (with Joanna Mack) (Oneworld Publications (2015))

Review by: Tom Rubens

Stewart Lansley’s book Breadline Britain presents a concise and powerful analysis of the huge increase in economic inequality in Britain since the late 1970s. Today, the top 1% of the population possess a full 14% of national income. This is partly the result of the long-term decline in the share of economic output which goes […]

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