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Upcoming Events

£140 - £200

Lingua Diversa Group presents:

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

Monday 16th January @ 12:00 pm - Friday 31st March @ 9:05 pm
Fri, 6th Jan, 2017

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. They run lunchtime and evening courses from beginner to advanced level in: Spanish, Italian, French, German and Brazilian-Portuguese.

The next term will start the week beginning 16 January and last for 11 consecutive weeks. Class times are: 12:00 to 13:00 / 13:00 to 14:00 / 18:00 to 19:30 / 19:35 to 21:05.

The fee is £140 for lunchtime and £200 for evening courses. There are a maximum of 8 students in each group.

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  • Lingua Diversa Group

Conway Hall presents:

Amorphous by Melissa Budasz

Thursday 2nd February - Monday 27th February
Wed, 18th Jan, 2017

An exhibition of work by Melissa Budasz 2 – 27 Feb 2017 Opening event/private view 6-9pm, Fri 3 Feb.   Melissa Budasz studied fine art painting at Camberwell and Norwich Art School (1997) and has a studio at Brookmill Studios Deptford, London.  Her practise of photography, drawing and painting connects to symbolic and discursive systems […]

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  • Conway Hall
£2 - £40

The Conway Collective presents:

The Testing Ground – a Dance Theatre Performance Workshop

Monday 20th February @ 7:00 pm - Monday 13th March @ 9:00 pm
Fri, 9th Sep, 2016

Be inspired into performance making with a group of creative people responding to the many ideas resonating throughout the fabric of Conway Hall, the home of innovative thinking and culture creation throughout the Modern era, in this 4 week dance theatre project, which will culminate in a public performance on the evening of Monday March 13th in the Main Hall.

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Istro Books, Peter Owen & Conway Hall presents:

Conway Hall Book Club

Friday 24th February @ 6:00 pm - Friday 28th July @ 7:30 pm
Thu, 26th Jan, 2017

Introducing a monthly book club for members and friends, where we discuss some of the titles produced by our resident publishers, as well as the occasional guest sessions hosted by staff and other residents.

The very first session of the book club will be held on Friday, 24th February at 6pm, and will be a preliminary meeting to get to know each other and get hold of the first title on our reading list: the classic Shusako Endo novel, Silence.

The book club will be held on the fourth Friday of every month, in the Conway Hall Library from 6-7:30pm.

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  • Istro Books, Peter Owen & Conway Hall
£80 - £140


Portrait Photography: Theory, Process & Practice

Saturday 25th February @ 10:00 am - Saturday 4th March @ 5:00 pm
Wed, 11th Jan, 2017

In this hands on two day workshop with Grace Gelder and Lorna Robertson you will produce a collection of photographs and develop and/or deepen an understanding of your artistic practice. Through practical exercises and homework, we will experiment with some of the key concepts of portrait photography including performance, self-portraiture and the dynamics of the photoshoot.

This course takes place at 10am – 5pm on 25th February and 4th March 2017 with an exhibition at Conway Hall in April 2017 (date TBC).

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Camden LGBT Forum presents:


Saturday 25th February @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu, 2nd Feb, 2017

Citizens of Queeropolis lend me your dancing shoes! Lana Pillay (Star of Eat the Rich and the Comic Strip presents) requests your presence for a showcase of top entertainers.

Featuring headliner and 80s chart topper SONIA. With special guest Mary Portas. Entertainment from David Ryder Prangley, The Beyonce Experience, UK LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson and more.

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  • Camden LGBT Forum
£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Stepping into Britain: the early human occupation of Europe

Sunday 26th February @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue, 7th Feb, 2017
Jansson Map of Europe in Antiquity

Nick Ashton speaks on recent fieldwork on the coast of East Anglia and how it has pushed back the evidence of humans in northern Europe to almost a million years ago. The talk will discuss the new evidence from Happisburgh in Norfolk, including the rich fauna, flora, stone tools and the remarkable survival of footprints.

  • Conway Hall Ethical Society

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Albion Quartet

Sunday 26th February @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun, 25th Dec, 2016

Bach The Art of Fugue BWV 1080 Contrapunctus I
Haydn Quartet in C Op.20/2
Schumann Quartet in A minor Op.41/1
Bach The Art of Fugue BWV 1080 Contrapunctus 9
Walton Quartet in A minor

Pre-concert talk with Jessica Beck at 5.30pm in the Brockway Room:

Jessica started working on her collaborative doctoral award with Conway Hall and the Royal Northern College of Music in September 2015. Over the past year, Jessica has been exploring the archive at Conway Hall, as well as archives across the UK, in order to understand more about the role of music in ethical societies in Britain during the Edwardian era with a particular focus on the role of women. During this talk, Jessica will share examples of the archival material and discuss how Conway Hall Ethical Society (then known as South Place Ethical Society) was unique in comparison to other societies and London concert venues at the time. She will also highlight some of the forgotten women musicians who strongly contributed to the society’s rich musical history.

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  • Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

Rhinegold LIVE presents:

Rhinegold LIVE: Melvyn Tan

Tuesday 28th February @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon, 13th Jun, 2016
Melvyn Tan. Photo credit: Sheila Rock

We join Melvyn Tan’s 60th birthday celebrations, exploring a new work written for his 60th year by Jonathan Dove, and repertoire featured on his new Onyx disc, due for release September 2016.

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  • Rhinegold LIVE
£2 - £10

The Conway Collective presents:


Wednesday 1st March @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, 30th Jan, 2017

Signaling to the past whilst waving to the future Semaphore#selfies celebrates our creative dynamic in the ever expanding digital universe.

Inspired by quantum physics, the modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller, selfies and the baroque – this production from one of the country’s most delightful contemporary dance companies plays with dance and music forms and their notations towards new poetic expression in visual performance.

Created in collaboration with Richard Hoadley and through support from Arts Council England.

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  • The Conway Collective

Conway Hall presents:

20 millisieverts per year

Thursday 2nd March - Sunday 30th April
Tue, 14th Feb, 2017

20 millisverts per year An exhibition about Fukushima by Lis Fields 2 March – 30 April 2017 Launch reception, Thur 2 March, 6-7.30pm.  Followed by a screening of Nuclear Japan, 7.30-10pm. All welcome.  Drinks served. In October 2016 Lis participated in a study tour of Fukushima, organised by Green Cross Switzerland, the international environmental NGO founded by Mikhail Gorbachev. ’20 […]

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  • Conway Hall
£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

One Nation, Under Trump?

Sunday 5th March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue, 7th Feb, 2017
American Flag in front of The White House in Washington D.C. Background out of focus. Photomontage.

Professor Sarah Churchwell, America-born and educated offers some thoughts on Trumps administration, reflecting on some of the issues arising from such unprecedented and disturbing times.

  • Conway Hall Ethical Society

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Fibonacci Sequence

Sunday 5th March @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun, 25th Dec, 2016

Biber Passacaglia in G minor
Enescu Legend
Schumann Violin Sonata in A minor Op.105
Brahms Horn Trio Op.40

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  • Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

NOW Live Events presents:

How to Liberate Yourself From Your Own ‘Groundhog Day’ and Start Living Today

Tuesday 7th March @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed, 1st Feb, 2017
Paul Hannam

In partnership with Psychologies Magazine – Do you feel trapped in a repetitive cycle of work, responsibility and routine? Do you feel tired, anxious and restless? Do you feel powerless to change, and that life is passing you by? Author and psychologist, Paul Hannam, calls this the ‘Groundhog Day condition’, after the classic Bill Murray lm. He has written The Wisdom Of Groundhog Day, which explains his blueprint for breaking free and feeling happier and more fulfilled. He delivers his wisdom in a unique, engaging and interactive workshop.

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  • NOW Live Events
£15 - £25

5×15 presents:

5×15 and The Pool: On Anxiety

Tuesday 7th March @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed, 8th Feb, 2017
5x15 Anxiety

Over 8 million people in the UK suffer from anxiety disorders, with women and the under 35s most affected. It’s widely acknowledged that we are in the midst of an anxiety epidemic and women, their loved ones, and the NHS are all struggling to cope.

Join 5×15 in their quest to understand more as we team up with The Pool to host an evening exploring anxiety and women.

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Venue Hire

Bertrand Russell Room - room hire

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

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.

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.

Venue hire - Conway Hall

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

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.


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

Jessica Beck

In this new series of blogs, PhD student Jessica Beck sheds some light on the musical past of Conway Hall

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

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

The Humanist Library and Archives has commenced the process of digitising our collections in order to share them beyond the confines of our building. Our first digital collection is called Architecture and Place and explores the history of the buildings that have or do shelter our Society, the Conway Hall Ethical Society, and the spaces which we have called home.

Experience the Library as if you were here!

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

From the Archives allows us in the Humanist Library and Archives to share some of our wonderful items and our learning with you!

It also includes entries from the former A2R (Alternatives to Religion) blog, a collaborative project between Conway Hall and Bishopsgate Institute which sparked exploration of some of the ways people have tried to make sense of the world and live together ethically without the need for faith in a God or gods. The key themes linking this broad movement are Freethought, Ethics, Humanism, Rationalism and Secularism. Material for these entries came from the British Humanist Association, The National Secular Society and Conway Hall Ethical Society. Posts were written by archivists, Nicky Hilton and Carl Harrison.

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Ethical Record

Conway’s Journey Round the World, 1883–84: Part 2

Posted on: Fri, 10th Feb, 2017
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes
Polar bear on a wide surface of ice in the russian arctic close to Franz Josef Land.The light a

Man-Made Climate Change – Is it Trumped Up?

Posted on: Fri, 10th Feb, 2017
Lecture date: Sun, 20th Nov, 2016
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
Speaker: Professor Piers Forster
“Blind Lady Justice”

Transforming Justice

Posted on: Fri, 10th Feb, 2017
Lecture date: Sun, 10th Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

A summary of some of the proposed reforms to our Justice system emanating from JUSTICE, the British section of the international commission of jurists and the Ministry of Justice, before dealing with two changes which have serious implications for the poor, disadvantaged, sick and disabled. ...Read More »

Speaker: Chris Purnell
Working men creating global business growth

Worker Cooperatives: The Next System?

Posted on: Fri, 10th Feb, 2017
Lecture date: Sun, 30th Oct, 2016
Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

What would happen if we had a system to replace capitalism? Bing-Pappoe discusses what would happen if cooperative enterprise were to do so – if the workers would themselves own and manage the means of production. ...Read More »

Speaker: Dr Adotey Bing-Pappoe

52. And it Got to Come Out

Posted on: Mon, 2nd Jan, 2017
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes

51. Becoming

Posted on: Fri, 30th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes

50. O’Keeffe the Artist

Posted on: Wed, 28th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes

49. Project ‘I’

Posted on: Fri, 16th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes

Obituary: Dr Peter Draper 1933–2016

Posted on: Tue, 6th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Unveiling of Conway’s Bust

Posted on: Mon, 5th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

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