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Conway Hall is Where Ethics Matter.

Owned and operated by Conway Hall Ethical Society, Conway Hall is a membership organisation and educational charity (no.1156033) with a history spanning two centuries.

The building is named in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway (1832–1907), anti-slavery advocate, peace campaigner, an early supporter of women's suffrage and biographer of Thomas Paine.

It is also renowned as a hub for free speech and independent thought, hosting suffragettes, political radicals, scientists, philosophers, artists, performers; campaign, charities and other non-profit organisations.

You can join the Ethical Society and get into the lectures for free (and other events at a substantially discounted rate) by signing up online here: http://conwayhall.org.uk/join

Upcoming events (2)

England On Fire: A Visual Journey Through England's Psychic Landscape

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Mat Osman (founding member of Suede, author of The Ruins) and world-renowned image hunter Stephen Ellcock discuss anarchic magic of their collaboration England on Fire. Here you will find depictions of ancient trackways, chalk carvings and standing stones, of animal-masked community rituals, of streets set ablaze in protest, of occult dreams and psychedelic prophecies.

Forget the tired gallery of lords and ladies, forget the tall ships and haywains. These images cut to the heart of England’s psychic landscapes to portray an Albion unhinged, where magic and rebellion and destruction are the horses to which the country is hitched. On these fabled shores we are all castaways.

Mat and Stephen explore magic and mazes, ghosts and gardens, shipwrecks and cities. These poetic renderings of a spectral isle, together with Stephen’s hallucinatory visual journey, reclaiming Albion as an eternally inspiring and anarchic domain – an England on fire.

England on Fire: A Visual Journey Through England’s Psychic Landscape will be available on the night. It contains over 200 images by artists ranging from William Blake, J.M.W. Turner and Samuel Palmer to Paul Nash, Louis Wain, Bill Brandt, Derek Jarman and Ithell Colquhoun to present-day visionaries such as Paula Rego, Cathy de Monchaux, George Shaw, Jamie Reid, Matt Collishaw, Tacita Dean, Lina Iris Viktor, Yinka Shonibare, Nick Waplington, Dan Hillier, Nicola Tyson, Sutapa Biswas and Chila Kumari Burman. The mind-blowing selection of images is accompanied by short texts by Mat Osman.

- Info & tickets: bit.ly/EnglandOnFire

Do Right and Fear No One: Birmingham Bombings to Grenfell

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Inspired from a young age to help the marginalised and voiceless, Leslie Thomas QC has dedicated his career to fighting for the underdog and holding the State to account. His book, Do Right and Fear No One, is an intimate and personal record of some of the most significant, controversial and disturbing legal cases of the last fifty years lays bare the very heart of the law enforcement and judicial process.

He presents an unforgettable account of an idealistic and outspoken lawyer’s coming of age as a Black man in London, and a powerful portrait of the lives of those for whom he has fought. From the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, to the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd by carbon monoxide poisoning, the Birmingham Pub Bombings and the police shooting of Mark Duggan. Do Right and Fear No One presents a blistering argument for a level playing field in the pursuit of justice.

Professor Leslie Thomas QC is an award-winning human rights/civil liberties barrister and former Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers in the UK and head of JC Legal Solutions in the Caribbean. In 2020 Leslie became Professor of Law at Gresham College and visiting Professor of Law at Goldsmiths Law School University of London. He is a Bencher and advocacy trainer for the Inner Temple. Leslie is a member of the Bar Standards Board for England and Wales, sits on the BSB’s Race Equality Taskforce and is deputy chair of the Equality Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee for the Inner Temple.

- Info & tickets: bit.ly/LTQCCH

- This event will be held with an in-person audience at Conway Hall and online, via Zoom. Everyone wishing to join this event must register for a ticket in advance

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