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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:

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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Pexava Salsa presents:

Pexava Salsa

Thursday 25th August @ 7:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon, 25th Apr, 2016

Pexava Salsa Holborn at the wonderful Conway Hall, Central London.

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£125 - £175

Expanding Circles presents:

Life By Design – Discover your Purpose and Make it Happen

Saturday 3rd September @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, 14th Aug, 2016
expanding circles

LIFE BY DESIGN is a one-day seminar that guide on a journey of self-exploration and reflection. We create a space for you to reconnect with your personal purpose and help you create a action plan and a career that is in line with the accomplishment of your goals and objectives.

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Sunday Assembly London presents:

The Happiness Of Being You

Sunday 4th September @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Sun, 14th Aug, 2016
The Happiness Of Being You

We have the very excellent Danny Bent coming to speak at Sunday Assembly this week! Danny was voted one of the 100 happiest people in the UK, and one of the 50 most inspirational people in London.

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Sunday Assembly London presents:

Project Awesome

Sunday 4th September @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sun, 14th Aug, 2016
Project Awesome

Sunday Assembly and Project Awesome are having a mash up and the results are going to be beautiful!

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£0 - £10

Conway Hall & throughline presents:

#NoDust: Don’t Let the Dust Settle on Brexit

Monday 5th September @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun, 31st Jul, 2016
Explosion of coloured powder on white background

An evening of fast-paced talks, performances and provocations intended to stimulate independent thinking about the EU Referendum. Where to from here?


Rhinegold LIVE presents:

Rhinegold LIVE: Ilona Domnich

Tuesday 6th September @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon, 13th Jun, 2016
Ilona Domnich

In this recital, Ilona Domnich will explore the characters and musical interpretations of her operatic heroines, as celebrated in her recent Signum disc, Surrender: Voices of Persephone; ‘my operatic women and their voices help me examine their journeys and choices.’

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£15 - £40

Penguin Living presents:

Careers 360 Immersion Day by Penguin Living

Sunday 11th September @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sun, 29th May, 2016
penguin living

Penguin Living’s Careers 360 provides you with all the tools, tips and tactics to make the most from the world of work, whether you’re looking for that first job, looking for a promotion, starting out on your own or returning to work.

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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 in association with the British Humanist Association presents:

London Thinks – In Conversation: Richard Holloway & Andrew Copson

Monday 12th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun, 14th Aug, 2016
Holloway Copson

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, Richard Holloway and Andrew Copson talk about the trials and tribulations of religion and belief, and what it means to be a humanist in the 21st century

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


Corbynomics Can Work

Posted on: Tue, 23rd Aug, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 22nd May, 2016
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Neil Faulkner argues that the biggest barrier to Jeremy Corbyn’s rational economic policy is the huge profit the super-rich are making from an irrational one ...Read More »

Speaker: Dr Neil Faulkner FSA
Utopia Paradise Next Exit

Utopia Now

Posted on: Tue, 23rd Aug, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 26th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

At a time when Britain has never looked so divided after the vote to Brexit, we have to seriously consider the question ‘Is our system of governance fit for purpose in the 21st century?’ How is it that so many people have such a lack of faith in their own nation’s political system that they would rather that authority be handed to bureaucrats in Brussels despite its being democratically further away? How is it that people are so resigned to the fact that, ultimately, Parliament does not deliver what the people want yet is still allowed to function? ...Read More »

Speaker: Reggie Adams

Congratulations on the Brexit Vote for Democracy!

Posted on: Tue, 23rd Aug, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 12th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Patricia McKenna, former MEP for Dublin, in discussion with Professor Takis Tridimas. Based on an address given to the Ethical Society, 12 June 2016, gleefully updated ...Read More »

Speaker: Patricia McKenna
Book Review

Wilma’s Story: Growing up in Nazi Germany and Colonial Rhodesi

Posted on: Tue, 23rd Aug, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

By: Wilma Neumann (Hollander) Introduction by Doris Hollander Edited by Martin Page (Print Forum Ltd. (2016). 95 pages.)

Review by: Norman Bacrac

CHES member Martin Page is known to those interested in secularist history as the author of Britain’s Unknown Genius (1984), an account of the life of SPES Appointed Lecturer J.M.Robertson. As well as providing useful editorial notes to the text, Martin has written the Preface to Wilma’s Story, which is based on the autobiography of […]

Book Review

Aspiring to the Truth: Two Hundred Years of the South Place Ethical Society

Posted on: Tue, 23rd Aug, 2016
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

By: Jim Herrick (Conway Hall Ethical Society (May 2016), 248 pages, £12)

Review by: Norman Bacrac

Freethought author and member of the Society, Jim Herrick, was commissioned to write an account of the history of this Society from its inception in 1793 to date. The first history was written by Moncure D. Conway, the Minister of the South Place Ethical Society, entitled a Centenary History of the South Place Society (1894). […]

Book Review

What Does Europe Want? The Union and Its Discontents

Posted on: Tue, 23rd Aug, 2016
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

By: Slavoj Žižek and Srećko Horvat (Istros books (2013) 220 pages, £12)

Review by: Mazin Zeki

A double Freudian quote inspired by “What does a woman want?” plus the title of one of his most important works, raises the curtain on Slavoj Žižek’s (and Srećko Horvat’s) dissection of contemporary European woes. For Europe read EU. There is growing inequality which predated the financial crash but has been accelerated by it. There […]

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39. Sartre’s Ethics?

Posted on: Mon, 15th Aug, 2016
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes
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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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