From the moment syphilis appeared in Europe at the end of the 15th century and its direct connection to sex was worked out, prostitutes were blamed while male clients were viewed as hapless victims. Kevin Brown will discuss how gendered attitudes informed the health debate around syphilis from 1495-1945.
What will the consequences of Brexit be for the capital? In this London Society debate, organised in association with the OnLondon website, we aim to generate light rather than heat on the most significant issue facing London for a generation. Speakers will include Labour peer and former government minister Lord Adonis, London Assembly member and former Lib Dem candidate for the Mayoralty Caroline Pidgeon MBE and senior London Conservative Daniel Moylan.
In this talk celebrating the 150th anniversary of Chapman Cohen’s birth, Bob Forder will outline Cohen’s fascinating career and provide an insight into his work.
Join us for our Saturday Salsa Special. With one of the best dance floors around. If you have never been to one of our socials in this venue, please come join us for a great night of dancing! Starting with a class On1 from Gil and Shelley, dancing until 2am!
Thinking on Sunday: The Pink Pound – Do Homosexuality and Capitalism have a History? | Sunday 16th September
There has been a long and vibrant relationship between LGBTQ people, homosexuality and consumer capitalism since the late nineteenth. Using sources ranging through early men’s magazines and erotic publications, government documents, business archives and oral histories, Justin Bengry asks who benefited from commercial interest in homosexuality?
I Musicanti returns to Conway Hall with a programme featuring the world premiere of York-born composer Robin Walker’s The Song of Bone on Stone, especially written for the ensemble’s artistic director Leon Bosch, and an intimate arrangement of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.
As the world’s leading auctioneers of pianos and keyboard instruments and with over 35 years of experience, our specialist team is able to offer the best professional advice on selling or buying your instrument. Viewing takes place from the Tuesday to Thursday of each sale at Conway Hall.
Josephine Butler and the “Ladies Campaign” against the Contagious Diseases Acts | Wednesday 19th September
Blaming prostitutes for venereal disease in the military, the Liberal government decided on a gendered policy of incarcerating infected prostitutes, while letting their infected male clients remain free. This talk, by Dr Jane Jordan, demonstrates how the feminist Josephine Butler and her Ladies demanded a rethink.
Conway Hall will be opening its doors as part of Open House weekend. From 10am until 5pm you’ll be able to join hourly tours and learn about the history of our Society and the building itself.
Ernest Chausson’s stirring music was the impulse behind the career of Trio Chausson. The award-winning trio make their Conway Hall début with a programme featuring a rare performance of music by French female composer Cécile Chaminade. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.
Join us for a special event on the future of world happiness with the influential economist and happiness expert Professor Richard Layard. At this unique event, he will share the key messages and findings from his forthcoming book Can we be happier.
White Slaves to “Hard Girls”, Increasing Criminalisation and its Consequences 1885-1960 | Wednesday 26th September
In the 1880s, Victorians imagined prostitutes as ‘white slaves’, exploited and helpless. In the 1950s, politicians declared prostitutes were ‘hard girls’. This talk by Dr Julia Laite demonstrates how these very different images of prostitution engendered different policies and laws; with different consequences.