Conway Hall is owned by Conway Hall Ethical Society and was first opened in 1929. The name was chosen in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway (1832 – 1907), anti-slavery advocate, out-spoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine.
The Hall now hosts a wide variety of lectures, classes, performances, community and social events. It is renowned as a hub for free speech and independent thought.
Our Library holds the Ethical Society’s collection, which is the largest and most comprehensive Humanist Research resource of its kind in the United Kingdom.
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In 2016, we undertook a revision process to bring together some of the learning we had undergone over the past few years with some of the aspirations that we also had for the future. Out of this process we developed a new vision and strategy for Conway Hall.
Conway Hall is & always will be the place for those who dare to dream of a better world.
For nearly a hundred years, Conway Hall has been home to Britain’s bravest thinkers and boldest social movements.
Conway Hall is where the radical ideas that change our society are born.
We exist for people and communities:
- Who have radical ideas to improve our society
- Who want to be inspired by the greatest thinkers and movements of our age
- Who want to learn about the history of radical thought
- Opening up cultural and intellectual opportunities to local and diverse communities
- Adapting to be more resilient, ethical and environmentally sustainable
- Creating opportunities for children and young people to learn and be inspired
- Equipping our diverse governance, workforce and volunteers with the appropriate skills to deliver excellent cultural experiences
- Increasing the quality, volume and reach of digital cultural content
For more information, please see our Annual Review for 2015-2016.