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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Rhythm of the Wood by Gabrielle Bradshaw

6th October 2016 - 31st January 2017
Fri, 23rd Sep, 2016
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An exhibition of work by Gabrielle Bradshaw

6 October 2016 to 31 January 2017

Private view, Wed 2 Nov, 6-9pm, The Brockway Room. All welcome. Drinks served.

£18 - £56.25

Chaz Royal presents:

World Burlesque Games 2016

Friday 9th December @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon, 1st Aug, 2016
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Chaz Royal presents World Burlesque Games 2016 5th Annual International Competition of Burlesque & Variety for two Nights Only!

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£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Cheering for Trump?

Sunday 11th December @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fri, 18th Nov, 2016
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Donald Trump’s conduct, temperament and outrageous utterances during the presidential campaign should have ensured his rejection by the electorate. He was patently prepared to say anything to achieve office. But our speaker today, Chris Bratcher, considers he was telling it as it is on two huge policy issues; NATO and Free Trade.

Chris will explain why he considers Trump could just be a force for good.

£5

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Children’s Concert: Little Red Riding Hood

Sunday 11th December @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sat, 13th Aug, 2016
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Paul Patterson’s colourful setting of this classic fairytale, brought to life by musicians from the London Mozart Players and actress, Rebecca Kenny.

Free
£10

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Brook Street Band

Sunday 11th December @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat, 23rd Jul, 2016
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Bach: Trio Sonata BWV1038 in G
Handel: Cello Sonata in G
Leclair: L’Ainé Deuxieme Recréation de Musique d’une exécution facile Op.8 in G minor
Handel: Trio Sonata Op.2/1 in B minor
Rameau: Pièce de Clavecin en Concerts No.1
Telemann: Paris Quartet No.1 in D TWV43:D3

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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

a way with words – celebration event

Wednesday 14th December @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed, 30th Nov, 2016
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Come and experience an event like no other – a playful, interactive showcase where you will engage with and learn about some of the elements that make for persuasive communication, encouraging you to explore how you can use language to get your message across, and ultimately develop your own approach to having ‘a way with words’

Free

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Conway Memorial Lecture 2016 – Lawrence Krauss

Friday 16th December @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed, 14th Sep, 2016
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SOLD OUT – The Conway Memorial Lecture 2016: Lawrence Krauss – Hidden Realities: The Greatest Story Ever Told.. So Far

£9

The Psychedelic Society presents:

Legal Regulation Debate

Saturday 17th December @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun, 20th Nov, 2016
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The Psychedelic Society has partnering with VolteFace to co-host this event on the Legal Regulation of recreational drugs. VolteFace is a policy innovation hub that explores alternatives to current public policies relating to drugs, and which also publishes drug-related content.

£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Poetic Naturalism – a New Understanding of Life and the Universe

Sunday 18th December @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue, 29th Nov, 2016
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“Naturalism” is the idea that there is only one world, the natural world, which follows the laws of nature and which can be investigated by scientific methods. The term “Poetic Naturalism” was introduced by theoretical physicist Sean Carroll in his 2016 book, The Big Picture. Carroll is perhaps the greatest living humanist thinker and in his book he explores humanity’s big questions including: the origin of life, meanings in life and the origin of the universe.

Chris Street will hold your hand and take you through an incredible journey of new understandings of our existence on Planet earth.

Free
£10

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble

Sunday 18th December @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat, 23rd Jul, 2016
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Mozart: Divertimento in D K136
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence Op.70

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NHS Blood & Transplant presents:

Blood Donation

Tuesday 20th December @ 9:20 am - 4:30 pm
Sun, 13th Nov, 2016
Give Blood

Regular blood donations at Conway Hall

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NHS Blood & Transplant presents:

Blood Donation

Wednesday 28th December @ 9:20 am - 4:30 pm
Sun, 13th Nov, 2016
Blood Donation

Regular donation session at Conway Hall

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NHS Blood & Transplant presents:

Blood Donation

4th January 2017 @ 9:20 am - 4:30 pm
Sun, 13th Nov, 2016
Give blood

Regular blood donation at Conway Hall

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Free
£10

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Heath Quartet

8th January 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun, 4th Dec, 2016
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Beethoven Quartet in D Op.18/3
Bartók Quartet No.1 in A minor Sz.40
Dvořák Quartet in G Op.106

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£147

Vikki Coombes presents:

Nectar Tasting – personal development for Hummingbirds

9th January 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thu, 10th Nov, 2016
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Exploring being a fully liberated and iridescent Hummingbird!

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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.

Catering at Conway Hall

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

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.

Weddings at Conway Hall

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

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

Library

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

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

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

Postcard of the John Aldred memorial fireplace in the Conway Hall Library

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.

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Experience the Library as if you were here!

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

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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

Obituary: Dr Peter Draper 1933–2016

Posted on: Tue, 6th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute
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Unveiling of Conway’s Bust

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

Is it Time to Rethink the “University”?

Posted on: Thu, 24th Nov, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 4th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Jeremiads abound on the ‘end’ or the ‘death’ of modern universities. There are claims that they are been severely compromised by ‘neoliberalism’ and social changes and left behind by technological advances. An increasing number of writers believe the university has been transformed turned into ‘safe spaces’, an extended school environment, that infantilises students. Many people describe this ‘crisis’ in academia but few offer any visions of the future and fewer still try to propose alternatives. In this talk Professor Dennis Hayes, an expert in educational development, will describe what’s gone wrong and discuss some attempts to save the university sector, making it fit-for-purpose for the 21st century. ...Read More »

Speaker: Professor Dennis Hayes
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Lecture

Cheering for Trump?

Posted on: Thu, 24th Nov, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 11th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Donald Trump’s conduct, temperament and outrageous utterances during the presidential campaign should have ensured his rejection by the electorate. He was patently prepared to say anything to achieve office. But our speaker today, Chris Bratcher, considers he was telling it as it is on two huge policy issues: Chris believes Trump is right about NATO; that it is obsolete; a relic of the Cold War, serving only to drag Europe into American adventures in countries we know well were, and are, no threat to either. Chris believes he is also right about the need to limit Free Trade. He feels it fosters the export of employment, and that imports free of tariffs smother any attempt to regenerate manufacture of those goods at home, because the risk to capital to re-enter these fields is too great. The arguments are not new: Joseph Chamberlain proposed tariffs to enhance both infrastructure and social conditions in the UK before the First World War. Perhaps globalisation is on the wane? Chris will explain why he considers Trump could just be a force for good. ...Read More »

Speaker: Chris Bratcher
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Lecture

Poetic Naturalism – a New Understanding of Life and the Universe

Posted on: Tue, 29th Nov, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 18th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

“Naturalism” is the idea that there is only one world, the natural world, which follows the laws of nature and which can be investigated by scientific methods. The term “Poetic Naturalism” was introduced by theoretical physicist Sean Carroll in his 2016 book, The Big Picture. Carroll is perhaps the greatest living humanist thinker and in his book he explores humanity's big questions including: the origin of life, meanings in life and the origin of the universe. Poetic Naturalism accepts that traits of our everyday godless world can emerge from, and can fit together with, causes at the fundamental "Core Theory" physics level. Chris Street will hold your hand and take you through an incredible journey of new understandings of our existence on Planet earth. ...Read More »

Speaker: Chris Street
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My Death, My Decision?

Posted on: Thu, 24th Nov, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 29th Jan, 2017
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

What is a 'good death'? For some people, it is a medically assisted death, when they feel their life is complete - something denied in the UK. Polls regularly show over 75% of people in favour of a change in the law on assisted suicide, yet many politicians, religious leaders and medical professionals remain opposed. How can we change the minds of the establishment who seem so out of touch with the feelings of the majority? We should work vigorously to move the debate forward, addressing valid concerns. Phil Cheatle explains the approach of the campaign group 'My Death, My Decision' (www.mydeath-mydecision.org.uk), providing much stronger protection for 'vulnerable people', while rejecting the restriction of assisted dying to those with a life-expectancy of 6 months or less a criterion that attracts criticism from both sides of the debate. ...Read More »

Speaker: Phil Cheatle

Obituary: Terry Mullins 1931–2016

Posted on: Mon, 7th Nov, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute
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48. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Posted on: Sun, 4th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes
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The Abolition of Aging?

Posted on: Mon, 7th Nov, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 25th Sep, 2016
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

If we choose to prioritise this project, there’s a high probability that comprehensive, affordable, reliable therapies for human rejuvenation will be available by 2040. People everywhere, on the application of these treatments, will, if they wish, stop becoming biologically older. Indeed they would start to become biologically younger, in both body and mind, as rejuvenation therapies take hold. In short, everyone will have the option to become ageless. That’s a viewpoint which our distinguished speaker, David Wood, has reached following more than ten years of study of the field of rejuvenation biotechnology. It’s a viewpoint which generates a storm of questions. This provocative talk reviews the ethical dilemmas and opportunities arising. Wood will urge society to embrace a project for “The abolition of aging” (the title of his recent book), which could change humanity forever. ...Read More »

Speaker: David Wood
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47. Responsibility

Posted on: Sat, 26th Nov, 2016
Estimated reading time: 15 minutes

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