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Upcoming Events


Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Red Kimono

Friday 4th March - Wednesday 31st August
Wed, 4th May, 2016
Red Kimono Theobalds Road

The second exhibition of Red Kimono at Conway Hall marks the 5th anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Political is Personal by Anna Berry

Sunday 1st May - Monday 1st August
Wed, 4th May, 2016

Artist Anna Berry’s ‘The Political is Personal’ exhibition was conceived around the time of the last general election. Anna constructed wreaths from election fliers from all the political parties.

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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

a glimpse of art and imagination by Barbara Marks

Thursday 7th July - Friday 30th September
Tue, 21st Jun, 2016
Barbara Marks image

a glimpse of art and imagination, continued and evolving.
paintings on paper, collage and installation by Barbara Marks.
Opening event Thursday 7 July, 6pm to 9pm. All welcome. Drinks served.

Conway Hall are delighted to host a three month art residency by painter and printmaker, Barbara Marks.

£130 - £190

Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Language courses in Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian-Portuguese and German

Monday 18th July @ 12:00 pm - Saturday 24th September @ 9:05 pm
Tue, 21st Jun, 2016
Lingua Diversa Group

Language courses in Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian-Portuguese and German

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£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Spreading Humanism to South Asia

Sunday 31st July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon, 18th Jul, 2016
Babu Gogineni

Past Director of the International Humanist & Ethical Union, Babu Gogineni, talks about Spreading Humanism to South Asia.


The Psychedelic Society presents:

Psychedelics and Nonduality

Sunday 31st July @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu, 14th Apr, 2016

At this event, the Psychedelic Society, along with Peter Russell and Bernardo Kastrup, attempt to answer questions on the origins of consciousness.


Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Fresh with Wonder Family Event

Friday 5th August @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed, 29th Jun, 2016
freedom bird kids playing

Make your own mini-display box using treasures and trinkets and found objects. We’ll provide you with lots of materials including images from our archives and collections. To make it more personal to you why not bring along some of your own objects l – you might like to include a photo, old stamps, a shell you found on holiday or a something you found on the way to Conway Hall …


Expanding Circles presents:

Success: Luck or hard work? – An insight into how we achieve success

Tuesday 9th August @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed, 6th Jul, 2016
expanding circles

Success: Luck or hard work? – An insight into how we achieve success. A workshop from Expanding Circles.

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Mencap presents:

Planning for the Future

Thursday 11th August @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thu, 19th May, 2016

Mencap host a free event to provide free information on how families and carers can ensure that someone with a learning disability is taken care of when they are no longer around.

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Centre of Pan African Thought presents:

Pan Africanism in Practice – Strategy Session

Thursday 11th August @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu, 7th Jul, 2016
Centre of Pan African Thought

Building on the dialogue and the inspirational oratory of a panel and our attendees, all are cordially invited to a planning and strategy session with The Centre of Pan African Thought. This is your chance to meet, sit, and input into the future and purpose of the organisation.

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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 people, and is ideal for meetings, lectures, and even exhibitions.

Bertrand Russell Room - room hire

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

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 discrete hireable, rooms and 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:

Ladybird Books and Constructing the Future Past of Modern Britain

Monday 10th October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 7th Jun, 2016

In this lovingly illustrated evening, a gaggle of architects and historians talk us through the dreams and the reality portrayed in Ladybird books over the decades.

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Ethical Record

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38. The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Posted on: Sat, 30th Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes
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37. We Have To Do Some Work!

Posted on: Sat, 2nd Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes
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36. Harris or Hemingway?

Posted on: Sat, 25th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes
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35. Festival

Posted on: Fri, 10th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes
Book Review

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

By: Tim Whitmarsh (Faber & Faber (2016))

Review by: Norman Bacrac

Tim Whitmarsh, Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge, has compiled a most valuable record of atheist thought in the ancient world of Greece and Rome. Humanists need to know this early history – it will prevent their believing that supernatural explanations of the world and religious morality predated naturalist and atheist outlooks. It may even […]

climate change

The Case for Abandoning CO2 Emission Reduction Targets

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 10th Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Much has been said on Climate Change and you may have thought there is not much else to say. Well, think again! It is the major problem facing humanity and unless we relentlessly pursue CO2 emission reduction targets, the global community will face catastrophe. This is the (misguided) mantra emanating from The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – manifest in the recent Paris conference, and is perceived as the current wisdom by the majority of nations. Evan Parker will present, without prejudice, a re-examination of the prospects of Climate Change. He and a colleague have developed a unique view and will set out to convince you that we are pursuing the wrong targets and that this has resulted in activities that are unethical, counter-productive and that will almost certainly fail. He will propose an alternative global strategic response, and advice what should be done at both government and citizen level. ...Read More »

Speaker: Prof. Evan Parker
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Google, Government and the Death of Liberal Democracy

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 3rd Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 0 minutes Less than a minute

Whenever there is technological change, there is always political disruption. We’re currently living through one of the most profound technological revolutions in human history – so can we really expect our politics to remain unchanged? Technology and politics writer James O’Malley presents a provocative and sometimes shocking prognosis for democracy. ...Read More »

Speaker: James O’Malley
Map of Scandinavian Countries. Detail from the World Atlas (Rand Mc. Nally).

Sex and Prostitution: Chalk and Cheese

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 19th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

What is the Nordic Model for dealing with prostitution? Why have Sweden, Norway, South Korea, Northern Ireland and France gone down this route? Should it be implemented in the UK? Why do we describe what happens in prostitution as sex? Survivors describe it as paid abuse. Who benefits from the multi-billion dollar sex trade and who is harmed? Who picks up the cost of that harm? Is prostitution compatible with human rights when 70% of those selling sexual access to their bodies started suffering sexual abuse as children, 75% have been homeless and 89% want to leave?’ Campaigner and activist Janice Williams will take us through this highly controversial topic. ...Read More »

Speaker: Janice Williams

The EU debate – le crunch

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 12th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Many of us still have to make up our mind on the EU Referendum. Rather than the vital facts we generally have heard exaggerated claims and biased conjecture, making it virtually impossible for the average person to take a well-informed view. Indeed, is it so complex a matter that all you can do is make a gut-decision based on your particular prejudice? Or can you do better than that? Today could be your only and last chance to get properly informed. We have been very fortunate to secure distinguished speakers who will succinctly debate the critical information you need. Professor Takis Tridimas of King’s College London and Patricia Mary McKenna, well known activist and former MEP for Dublin will give you the hard facts you need to consider – on costs, immigration, trade, security and democratic and social issues and the range of possible ways these are affected by our ultimate decision. This will be followed by a vibrant discussion where you can express your opinion. You should then be well-positioned to put your cross in the right box ...Read More »

Speaker: Takis Tridimas
Speaker: Patricia McKenna
Utopia Paradise Next Exit

Is Utopia within Reach?

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 26th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

There is perhaps an underlining and as yet, unnamed emerging ideology for the 21st century that we, in the most part, could collectively agree upon. It is called Political Humanism. This unsurprisingly embraces a range of ideas for a better system of governance, but more poignantly the originator of this new philosophy, Reggie Adams, has developed realistic routes to achieving this highly desired state of existence. He will share with us a unique new view of the world and an approach to maximizing human wellbeing. He advocates rallying around this position, ultimately to replace the current left/right wing paradigm of political thought. ...Read More »

Speaker: Reggie Adams

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