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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Parallel Journeys

Saturday 3rd October - Friday 30th October
Mon, 5th Oct, 2015

This exhibition by artist Alfred Huckett consists of 35 canvases and watercolours, and are based on his lifelong interest in interpreting music in pictorial form.

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Friends of the Earth, Global Justice Now & War on Want presents:

Rally: Rise up Against TTIP!

Saturday 10th October @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, 14th Sep, 2015

Trade deals TTIP, CETA and TiSA are grave threats to the foundations of our democracy. But they have also created one of the most vibrant European people power movements seen in a generation – a movement that is winning in its battle to stop these toxic trade deals. Join us for a rally at the International Day of Action Against Toxic Trade Deals.

£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Ask for Evidence

Sunday 11th October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon, 7th Sep, 2015

Every day we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some claims are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour, however many are not. If governments and companies want us to believe them, we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens. Speaker Dr Chris Peters co-ordinates the Ask for Evidence and Libel Reform campaigns.

£0 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Werther Ensemble

Sunday 11th October @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri, 10th Jul, 2015
Werther Ensemble

David Campbell – clarinet
Jamie Campbell – violin
James Barralet – cello
Simon Callaghan – piano

Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

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£4 - £7

The Adlerian Society UK presents:

Nick Cromwell – Coaching With an Adlerian Perspective

Monday 12th October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, 21st Sep, 2015
Nick Cromwell - Coaching with an Adlerian Perspective

Nick Cromwell – Coaching with an Adlerian Perspective

£10 - £20

The Conway Collective presents:

The Cherry Orchard

Monday 12th October @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun, 1st Feb, 2015
The Cherry Orchard

A unique performance of Chekhov’s great play re-imagined for Conway Hall. A large cast, a transformed Conway Hall, dancing for actors and audience, free vodka, all bring to life Chekhov’s sublime text. Chekhov’s original play concerns an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to their family estate (which includes a large cherry orchard) just […]

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£3 - £5

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

First Prime Minister of the London Empire: William Beckford, Jamaican Planter & Lord Mayor of London (1709 – 1770)

Tuesday 13th October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 4th Jun, 2015
William Beckford

This talk examines the life of William Beckford, twice Lord Mayor of London, and one of the largest slave-owners in the British Empire. In a remarkable political career, he gained fame as a proponent of British liberties, while overseeing a transatlantic family business founded on colonial slavery. The talk will seek to demonstrate how these apparent contradictions highlighted many of the dilemmas Britain faced as a global empire, and helped to spark some of the earliest domestic debates about its future as an imperial power.

£5 - £20

Ada Lovelace Day presents:

Ada Lovelace Day Live! 2015

Tuesday 13th October @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu, 8th Jan, 2015
Ada Lovelace Day

This year’s Ada Lovelace Day Live! our annual ‘science cabaret’ in celebration of women in STEM. Playing host to the UK’s most fabulous women in STEM, ALD Live is an entertaining evening of geekery, comedy and music suitable for women and men, and girls and boys over the age of 12.


NOW Live Events presents:

Creating Robust Mental Health: Tanya Byron in conversation with Suzy Greaves

Wednesday 14th October @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue, 1st Sep, 2015
Author pic - copyright John Swannell

Psychologies’ editor Suzy Greaves will talk about Creating Robust Mental Health with Professor Tanya Byron, a chartered clinical psychologist, who specialises in working with children and adolescents.


Gothique Film Society presents:

How it All Began

Friday 16th October @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue, 29th Sep, 2015
Son of Kong (1933)

Watch film screenings of Son of Kong (1933), dir. Ernest B. Schoedsack, and Them (1954), dir. Gordon Douglas.

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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 UK: Looking Inwards or Reaching Outwards?

Monday 9th November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 10th Sep, 2015
Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke and Simon Anholt on the UK’s future: Looking inwards or reaching outwards?

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Ethical Record


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
Medical research

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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14. 1938: Jazz at Carnegie Hall

Posted on: Sat, 3rd Oct, 2015
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes
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13. Play

Posted on: Sat, 19th Sep, 2015
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes
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The changing face of the NHS: Markets and Morality

Posted on: Tue, 8th Sep, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 1st Nov, 2015
Estimated reading time: 0 minutes Less than a minute

The increasing role of market mechanisms and the changing types of health care providers together with the use of choice and competition to drive improvements in quality in the National Health Service (NHS), all have important ethical implications. Dr Frith will explore these developments and consider how the NHS can respond to the challenges of austerity, changing demographics and political agendas. In order for the NHS to continue providing the level of service quality that out-performs many high income countries despite spending much less on health care, we need a re-think of creeping marketization and privatisation. ...Read More »

Speaker: Lucy Firth

How is Gandhi and non-violence relevant to politics today?

Posted on: Tue, 8th Sep, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 18th Oct, 2015
Estimated reading time: 0 minutes Less than a minute

What is the meaning of nonviolence as a form of political action and how does it work? Using Gandhi's teachings as inspiration, Dr Ali will characterise and assess what is as much of a legitimate question of our times as it was in his day. He will also explore the question of whether violence can coexist with nonviolence as part of an all-embracing account of political action. ...Read More »

Speaker: Dr Shahrar Ali
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Ask for Evidence

Posted on: Tue, 8th Sep, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 11th Oct, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. These claims can't be regulated; every time one is debunked another pops up – like a game of whack-a-mole. So how can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them, or buy their products, then we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens. The Ask for Evidence campaign has seen people ask a retail chain for the evidence behind its MRSA resistant pyjamas; ask a juice bar for the evidence behind wheatgrass detox claims; ask the health department about rules for Viagra prescriptions; ask for the studies behind treatments for Crohn's disease, and hundreds more. As a result, claims are being withdrawn and bodies held to account. This is geeks, working with the public, to park their tanks on the lawn of those who seek to influence us. And it's starting to work. Come and hear what the campaign is going to do next and how you can get involved. ...Read More »

Speaker: Dr Chris Peters
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Millions of times Greener than Green?

Posted on: Tue, 8th Sep, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 4th Oct, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

In essence the vast majority of the world’s energy today is harnessed by burning fossil fuels. This involves re-arranging the bonding between Carbon, Oxygen and ‘Hydrogen atoms – but the energy released is only one hundred millionth of that if the nucleus of an atom (e.g. Uranium) is split apart. Such a nuclear “fission” process is thereby massively more energy dense than fossil fuel burning, and in this regard leaves traditional renewables standing (e.g. wind, solar)! It remains the key to addressing global energy poverty, in spite of the failure of the first nuclear era that promised energy too cheap to meter and which is now too expensive to afford. ...Read More »

Speaker: Jasper Tomilson

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