A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: London (Central)

Category Africa

'We plan to champion the African thought leadership through talks, debates, conferences and broadcasts from a wide range of sectors including health, environment, technology, culture, politics and business. We want to be a hub for exchanging and developing ideas, and providing a distinctly African perspective on the world.'

'The UK’s longest running weekly mind body spirit events company and is internationally known as UK's landmark speaking platform for spiritual teachers, alternative thinkers, conscious business leaders and visionary thought provokers.'

Category Europe

'Founded in the aftermath of the 1912-13 Balkan Wars in order to counter anti-Greek propaganda in the United Kingdom. Dedicated to promoting Anglo-Greek understanding and friendship, the League has a long history of charitable and cultural work.'

Category Middle East

'A cultural organisation which works to further understanding of the Arab world in the United Kingdom. We organise and promote cultural and artistic events, and host a community of like-minded resident organisations at our central London premises.'

'The broad cultural agenda of the Architectural Association (AA) is structured around three primary initiatives: a long-standing and world-renowned programme of talks and symposia; a curated programme of exhibitions; and a series of Open Seminars and Open Juries that enable the public to participate in the academic research being conducted throughout the school. These three strands, together with a host of special projects, constitute the Public Programme; a free and accessible series of events dedicated to advancing global architectural discourse. All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.'

'The Architecture Foundation leads the conversation on the development of London and contributes to a global discourse about the architect’s changing role and responsibilities.  We pursue this mission through the delivery of an accessible public programme that makes space for emerging architects, groups historically underrepresented in the profession, and representatives of a wide range of related disciplines.  Exploring the architect’s capacity to combat climate change and systemic social inequalities represent central concerns of the programme ... We host debates, make films, commission critical writing, curate exhibitions, publish books and engage industry figures with the aim of improving the quality of the discourse around London’s built environment.'

‘On April 19th 1880 at 17 Bloomsbury Square a group of five men met to discuss the establishment of a new student organisation for the serious discussion of philosophy. Far from a gathering of professional academic philosophers, the group included a British Socialist activist, a Shakespeare scholar and importantly a young chemist – Dr. Alfred Senier – whose original idea it had been, along with some of his students, to set up a philosophical society ... Since its foundation, The Society has provided, and continues to provide, a welcoming forum for philosophers and non-philosophers alike to listen to high quality talks and to engage in philosophical discussion.'

Category Asia

'An independent think tank and advisory service. We work with companies and governments in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, facilitating high-level dialogue, providing business and market intelligence, and driving commercial outcomes ... As part of our efforts to drive political, economic and commercial engagement between Asia and Europe, Asia House routinely welcomes world leaders and senior decision makers from governments and businesses to brief our network and participate in public events.'

Category Europe

'Promotes cultural contacts between the UK and Austria by organising events and supporting artists and projects in the fields of music, performing arts, visual arts, literature, film and science. We provide a venue in central London for recitals, lectures, readings, film screenings, conferences and exhibitions, while also cooperating with various partners throughout the UK.'

‘A world-class arts and learning centre, The Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts.’

'UCL’s global faculty of the built environment ...  Events from across The Bartlett's twelve departments, including conferences and seminars, public lectures, exhibitions, talks, tours and open days.'

Category Local Heritage

'The world’s only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin opened to the public for the first time on 17 January 2006, Franklin’s 300th birthday, as a dynamic museum and educational facility ... The House today brings history and innovation to life though the Historical Experience; Architectural Tours; the Student Science Centre, which serves over 2000 students each year in the building and in the community; and some 40 public events of the Robert H Smith Scholarship Centre.'

'Come along to one of our many free events and hear our academics and researchers speak about their work.'

'Bishopsgate Institute offers a seasonal programme of cultural events including concerts, illustrated talks, topical debates and literary evenings. These take place in our historic library and Great Hall.' Usually a charge to attend; advanced booking required.

Category Publishers

'Unmissable events, panel talks and literary salons for book lovers, writers and publishers organised and presented by Bloomsbury Publishing. Our Bloomsbury Institute curates literary events with the best and brightest authors, as well as career advice events with our talented staff members, to create an unforgettable night out for book lovers.'

The British Academy is the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. We mobilise these disciplines to understand the world and shape a brighter future ... Delivered by the most outstanding academics in the UK and beyond, the British Academy’s flagship lecture programme showcases the very best scholarship in the humanities and social sciences ... Around 10-12 British Academy Lectures take place each year. Information on future lectures is available. A record of most past lectures, including recordings and published texts, is also available. Many are given in named series – usually associated with endowments received by the Academy.'

'Since 1854, Burlington House has been home to five learned societies and the Royal Academy of Arts. Our continuing programme of public events and activities provides access to our exciting scientific and artistic output.'

'The Club was founded in 1922 by close associates of Carl Gustav Jung and continues today, building a community that explores Jung's ideas and concepts. Thursday Lectures offer a relaxed and informal way to listen to a variety of speakers covering a broad spectrum of subjects that intersect through Jungian Psychology. Saturday & Weekend Seminars offer an opportunity to delve deeper into particular themes and subjects ...'

'The Camden History Society wants everyone to enjoy the history of the London Borough of Camden. Since 1970, we have worked voluntarily to research the social and architectural history of an area that stretches from Highgate to Holborn and Kilburn to King's Cross. We have discovered stories of growth, struggle, invention and inspiration, and can share that with you through our many local history publications and regular public events.'

The Humanist Group for anyone who lives, works or otherwise finds themselves in central London regularly. Local humanist groups exist for anyone who wants to get together in relation to their humanist, atheist or secularist beliefs ... The Group meets several times a month for a variety of activities, such as: * The pub social: an informal get-together, without a structure or agenda; * The monthly talk: experts on relevant subjects deliver a talk and takes questions, and this is followed by drinks and an informal chat at a local pub.'

Category Law and Society

'At the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, we envisage a society less dominated by criminalisation and punishment, because we find better ways to prevent and address the problems we face. Through our collaborations, local, national and international, we take practical steps to achieve this vision in the here and now. We also acknowledge the significant barriers we face. As the pace of social, economic and technological change is quickening, our approach to law and order is stuck in the past. After years of legislative hyperactivity, there is an abundance of law, and an absence of order. Too many communities are over-policed and under-protected. All-too-often, unnecessary criminalisation compounds, rather than addresses, problems. We are committed to working with others to mark out transformative solutions to the problems we face, and to address the harmful consequences of our over-reliance on policing, prosecution and punishment.'

Category Africa

'The largest centre of expertise on Africa outside Africa. Founded in 1965 at SOAS, University of London, where its administration is still based, since 1991 the Centre has assumed formal responsibility for co-ordinating, stimulating and promoting interdisciplinary study, research and discussion on Africa within the University; and promoting a wider awareness of African issues.'

'Chatham House’s mission is to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. We pursue our mission through dialogue, analysis and solutions-based ideas, and by empowering the next generation to build a better world ... Each year, the Institute runs more than 300 private and public events – conferences, workshops and roundtables – in London and internationally with partners.'

Category Modern History

'This year’s Chelsea History Festival will bring the past to life through a series of talks, tours and events, both physical and virtual. The immersive programme will reveal history in all its variety, and demonstrate its ongoing resonance and relevance today.' Held Mid September.

'This year’s Chelsea History Festival will bring the past to life through a series of talks, tours and events, both physical and virtual. The immersive programme will reveal history in all its variety, and demonstrate its ongoing resonance and relevance today.' Held Mid September.

'We are a friendly group that meets twice a month in the City of London, with a varied programme and an emphasis on encouraging our members to improve their knowledge and practice of photography.'

'Keep up to date with events organised or hosted by City, University of London.' You can filter by Audiences: 'Public'.

Activities include: * We fight to protect the special character of Clapham, its conservation areas and buildings of historic and architectural interest; * We are consulted on current planning and development proposals and, if necessary, present evidence to formal planning enquiries; * We run a programme of events including talks on local and wider London topics, and walks around Clapham which focus on new developments as well as local history.'

'From courses on chakras, dowsing and shamanism to training in mediumship and psychic development, The College of Psychic Studies supports every investigation into life's great mysteries. Alongside our team of respected tutors, we're proud to host esteemed thought-leaders both online and in person at our London College ... There's so much happening at the College all year round. Take your pick from our courses, workshops, talks and special events, both online and in-person.'

'Founded in 1876 the Conchological Society is one of the longest established societies devoted to the study of molluscs ... Indoor meetings are normally held ... at intervals of four to six weeks between September and April. The main event at these meetings is usually a lecture by a guest speaker or society member. Most meetings also include a show-and-tell session when people have an opportunity to show specimens and anything else of molluscan interest to those at the meeting, and get comments from them.'

Category Rail Transport

'The CRC is a UK based group catering for enthusiasts interested in railways outside the British Isles, whether they be main-line, industrial or preserved ... It holds regular meetings both in London and Stafford. These usually take the form of a slide or video show, as well as affording members the opportunity to exchange news and gossip. The emphasis tends to be on steam although more modern forms of traction also find a place in the programme.'

'Conway Hall is owned and operated by Conway Hall Ethical Society, a membership organisation and educational charity with a history spanning two centuries. The Hall hosts a wide variety of lectures, classes, performances, community and social events. It is 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.'

'Academically, The Courtauld faculty is the largest community of art historians and conservators in the UK, teaching and carrying out research on subjects from creativity in late Antiquity to contemporary digital artforms – with an increasingly global focus. An independent college of the University of London, The Courtauld offers a range of degree programmes from BA to PhD in the History of Art, curating and the conservation of easel and wall paintings. Its alumni are leaders and innovators in the arts, culture and business worlds, helping to shape the global agenda for the arts and creative industries.'

Category Art Galleries

'The Courtauld works to advance how we see and understand the visual arts, as an internationally-renowned centre for the teaching, research of art history and a major public gallery. Founded by collectors and philanthropists in the 1930s, the organisation has been at the forefront of the study of art ever since, through advanced research and conservation practice, innovative teaching, the renowned collection and inspiring exhibitions of its gallery, and engaging and accessible activities, education and events.'

Category Europe

'Mission is to actively promote the Czech Republic by showcasing Czech culture, innovations and creativity in the UK. Its programme covers visual and performing arts, film, literature, music, architecture, design and fashion, science and social innovations. As well as hosting its own events, the Czech Centre offers support for other groups organising interculture initiatives among Czech and UK partners.'

Category Asia

'Supporting closer links between the UK and Japan ... Daiwa Foundation Japan House, the London-based headquarters, acts as a centre for UK-Japan relations in Britain by offering a wide programme of lectures, seminars, book launches, courses and exhibitions as well as meeting rooms for Japan-related activities.'

'LSE Anthropology is world famous and world leading ... Our work is based on ethnographic research: detailed studies of societies and communities in which we have immersed ourselves via long term fieldwork. Placing the everyday lives and meanings of ordinary people - whoever and wherever they are - at the heart of the discipline, we take nothing for granted ... The Department runs a number of seminar series and lectures throughout the Michaelmas, Lent and Summer terms ... We hold the annual Malinowski Memorial Lecture which, unlike most named lectures, is awarded to outstanding anthropologists at an early stage of their career.'

'Our Department is one of the few in the country that combines Biological Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Material Culture and Medical Anthropology to give you a truly broad-based anthropology degree. The breadth and depth of this interdisciplinary approach is reflected in our teaching and research ... The Department holds a range of online seminars every week during term time. These seminars are open to all ... The Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture, an annual lecture, in memory of Dame Mary Douglas (1921-2007), is sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute, the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford, and the Department of Anthropology at UCL.'

'One of the first computing departments established in the UK ... We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students, and a friendly, inclusive space for learning, working, and collaborating ... The Department hosts a programme of research seminars by invited speakers and departmental staff. The seminars are open to all. '

'A global leader in experimental computer science research, our degree programmes recognise the importance of computer systems in commerce, industry, government and science. Offering teaching by the brightest minds, we create innovative technologies that change lives with computers. The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutes, ranked us top in its most recent evaluation ... We are involved in a wide range of outreach activities with schools, colleges and adult learners Camden and the London area.'

'Our Department of Computing is proud to offer a research-led education environment that values and invests in people. We conduct world-class research and transfer this research into our teaching ... Our free public lecture series ... features guest lectures from Imperial’s top computer scientists ... We hope you can join us in finding out more about some of the amazing science and research that is currently happening in the world around us.'

'The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) was established in 1885 as the first department of electrical technology in England. It was founded by Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming, inventor of the thermionic valve and hence the founder of the discipline of electronics.That same pioneering tradition of innovation and excellence continues to underpin our work. We push in new directions across research, education and entrepreneurship, building on our long-established links with industry and benefitting from our loyal and supportive alumni community.'

'A world-leading centre for study and research in politics and government ... Join us for engaging and informative public events covering a wide range of topics in politics and government.'

Category Schools of Law

'We are a community of students, staff and alumni from all over the world, who bring an unparalleled international and interdisciplinary outlook in teaching and researching law. We are committed to building a vibrant, equitable and truly inclusive environment and this is critical to our identity. Our community is one of the largest at LSE, and has played a major role in policy debates, policy-making and the education of lawyers and law teachers globally.'

'Consistently ranked among the top philosophy departments in the country for research and teaching, the Department of Philosophy is one of the largest and most distinguished in the UK ... The Department has ongoing partnerships with a variety of cultural and educational organisations, aiming to make philosophy available and relevant beyond the walls of academia.'

'The Department of War Studies is one of the only academic departments in the world focused on understanding the complex realm of conflict, security, and international politics through inter-disciplinary teaching, research and engagement ... We generate interaction and knowledge exchange between the study and practice of security and foreign policy. Our extensive range of events hosting world leading speakers and our location in central London 10 minutes from government in Whitehall, helps stimulate engagement with the public and policymakers alike.'

'The world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form ... The museum's inspiring programme of talks, courses and workshops includes both digital and onsite activities.'

Category Schools of Law

'One of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world.* The School was established in 1831 and has played an integral role in the life of King's since the university was formed almost 200 years ago ... As well as being home to a diverse series of public events exploring the legal profession, its theory, and its practice, the School also launched the King's Legal Clinic in 2017, which has become a key part of our engagement with the legal community and London itself. Through the Clinic, students can work with qualified lawyers to support some of London's most vulnerable communities, engaging with pro bono work while building their own professional networks and experience.'

Category Art Galleries

'The Gallery owns one of the finest collections of Old Master paintings in the world especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from Tudor times to the 19th century. Famous works include those by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Poussin, Watteau, Canaletto, Rubens, Veronese and Murillo amongst many others. Founded in 1811, it was the first purpose-built public art gallery to open to the public and remains one of Britain’s most valued artistic and architectural treasures ... From talks, tours and performances to creative workshops and courses, we offer a range of inspiring opportunities for schools, young people, adults and families to engage with art and artists.'

Category America - North

'Our programme includes a range of events designed to illuminate all aspects of North American literature, history, politics and culture. We nurture our growing community of talented writers, thinkers and creatives through a range of awards which enable great work to happen. Our range of study resources are designed to help inspire those exploring the British Library's Canadian, American and Caribbean collections.'

Category Antiquity

'Founded in 1882 by Amelia Edwards. Following a visit to Egypt in 1873-4, she developed a passion for documenting, exploring and preserving the country’s unique heritage ... As the UK’s leading charity supporting archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt since 1882, we engage a diverse international audience of like-minded individuals to preserve and protect cultural heritage for future generations ... Some of the events listed are not run with or by EES but may be of interest to those that support our work.'

Category Europe

'The European Institute has one of the most active events programmes in the School, making LSE one of the leading platforms globally for informed public discussion on the history and identity of Europe, and the policy challenges confronting the EU and the UK. The EI hosts over 30 public events a year, with high-level speakers from politics, public administration, academia and the media, including presidents, prime ministers, EU commissioners, and heads of European agencies and EU institutions.'

Category Christianity

‘Our aim is to explain, from the Bible, the good news about the person and work of Jesus Christ to those who work in the Fleet Street area. We welcome people at any stage of  Christian understanding, whether you would call yourself a Christian or are simply interested in finding out more about the Christian faith.‘

'The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. We aim to inspire adults and children to make a positive contribution to society, by celebrating the power of individuals and the arts to change lives.'

'We are an Institute conducting world-class discovery research to understand life and benefit human health ... There’s something for everyone at the Crick. Our scientific seminars, lectures and symposia aim to share knowledge and expertise with the scientific community, while a vibrant programme of public events and exhibitions is open and accessible to all, whatever your background.'

Category Local Heritage

'An architectural heritage charity dedicated to preserving the beautiful and unique churches found within the square mile of the City of London ... Members of the Friends of the City Churches participate in a full programme of City Events, including talks, concerts, visits and outings, and receive a lively, informative Skyline magazine published four times each year ... We now have over 1200 members, with a growing number of supporters subscribing from the USA, Canada and continental Europe.'

'The Frontline Club is a gathering place for journalists, photographers and other likeminded people interested in international affairs. We Champion Independent Journalism & Freedom of Speech, we rally the protection of Press Freedom and fight for the safety of Freelancers in doing their important work around the globe.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'The Garden Museum explores and celebrates British gardens and gardening through its collection, temporary exhibitions, events and garden. Visitors will also see a permanent display of paintings, tools, ephemera and historic artefacts: a glimpse into the uniquely British love affair with gardens. Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur gardener, more of a specialist or someone with a passion for museums, history or architecture, the Museum has something for you.'

Category Art Galleries

'Established in 1994, Gasworks is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation working at the intersection between UK and international practices and debates. We provide studios for London-based artists; commission emerging UK-based and international artists to present their first major exhibitions in the UK; and develop a highly-respected international residencies programme, which offers rare opportunities for international artists to research and develop new work in London. All programmes are accompanied by events and participatory workshops that engage audiences directly with artists and their work.'

'Since its formation in 1858, the GA has actively promoted the study of geology to all who are interested in the past, present and future of the natural world. It is a friendly and inclusive organisation and welcomes everyone, regardless of the level of their knowledge ... The Association organises a series of illustrated evening lectures on a wide range of geological topics. These are held on the first Friday of the month in Burlington House ... Following the talk we would invite you to join us for a reception in the lower library with wine and nibbles ... The Geologists’ Association is not just for those with ready access to London. Many Members throughout the British Isles have formed Local Groups, which organize their own meetings and events, or also belong to Affiliated Societies.'

Category Europe

'The German Historical Institute London enables and furthers humanities research across borders ... The GHIL regularly holds lectures on topics of general interest to British and German historians ... Papers are normally presented in English; knowledge of the German language is not necessary for participation. GHIL Joint Lectures are presented in cooperation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford; Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research; and other distinguished institutions. The Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series is organised by the LBI in cooperation with the GHIL.'

'Founded in 1597 and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years ... Our Gresham Professors and other visiting speakers offer over 100 free public events every year ... The College has been recording its lectures since the 1980s and we live stream all lectures for those unable to attend in person. There are now over 2,000 lectures freely available online on the Website and on YouTube.'

'Offers a rich forum for anyone interested in understanding the relationship between spirituality, religion and depth psychology, with particular reference to the work and writings of C.G.Jung ... The Guild was initially established to encourage the study of psychology among clergy and other spiritual leaders, but today members come from all walks of life and enjoy the rich diversity of thinking and cultural backgrounds that the organisation attracts ... Many eminent psychologists and spiritual thinkers have spoken at the Guild, and the Guild’s Papers, based on those lectures have achieved international recognition.'

'We aim to promote locally an interest in all branches of science, and to cater for the layman as well as for those with specialist knowledge.'

Category Europe

'The Centre’s missions are to bring together the Hellenes of the diaspora and provide a home for the Hellenic community in London; to promote awareness of Hellenic culture in the UK; and to nurture the relationship between Britain and the Hellenic world through cultural cooperation and exchange ... The Centre offers a rich programme of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, social events, and Greek language courses to promote awareness of Hellenic culture and nurture UK relations with the Hellenic world.'

Category Europe

'Internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus. It engages in a range of activities, including developing and supporting academic and policy-related research; organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops; academic exchange through visiting fellowships and internships; as well as teaching at the graduate level through LSE's European Institute.'

Category Camden

Member of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends Grouping

Offer a Tuesday evening weekly programme of Lectures throughout the autumn and winter. There is also a Let's Chat about Science Group which meets approximately monthly and is 'open to everyone with an interest in science and technology'.

'We are a voluntary organisation with over 1200 members. There are no paid staff, and the organisation is run by an elected Council who serve for 3 years and deal with different aspects of the Society’s activities. The Highgate Society’s reputation makes it the first port of call for anyone seeking to develop, conserve or interpret the quality and character of Highgate. It is a source of civic pride and people will know it for its independence of thought, challenging perspective and positive outlook. We will listen, advise, support and act on behalf of all residents across Highgate.'

Category Booksellers

'We are an independent bookshop, based in Kings Cross, London since 1959. We specialise in books, magazines, and periodicals of radical interest and progressive politics, such as feminism, black politics, LGBTQIA+, environment, anarchism. We also host events and book groups throughout the year.'

'Imperial College London hosts an exciting programme of events including academic lectures and seminars, graduation ceremonies, open days, sport fixtures, musical performances and art exhibitions. The majority of our events are open to Imperial students, staff, alumni and the public. Events are often very popular with a limited number of places available.'

Category Europe

'We are part of the Institut français worldwide network promoting French language and culture and encouraging cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity ... Audiences at the Institut can keep up to date with the latest French thinking and the most recent publications in French and English translation thanks to its extensive programme of talks, panel discussions and book launches. Visitors can also take part in debates with speakers from both sides of the Channel meeting regularly to discuss a wide variety of topics or at the annual Night of Ideas.'

'From the Institute's origins, founded in 1937 as a centre for archaeological training, to the Institute today, one of the largest and highly regarded centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in the world ... The Institute hosts numerous events on many different aspects of archaeology and is linked to many other heritage institutions, archaeological societies and organizations, providing an outstanding research environment for staff, students and visitors.'

'Founded by a collective of artists, poets and their supporters ... The ICA moved to its present location on The Mall in spring ’68. On its opening 11 April 1968, then director Michael Kustow remarked: "If the new ICA becomes merely another cultural amenity, in a city well stacked with galleries, theatres and concert-halls, it will have failed. It must become an active presence, a focal point where a nucleus of artists from all the contemporary arts can communicate urgent and needed messages. […] A free space, in which the deepest questions that concern us as individuals and society can be explored in continuity […] a sustained enquiry into the roots of our present possibilities and discontents.".'

'Runs an active programme of lectures, seminars, conferences, symposia, reading groups and summer schools. Unless otherwise stated, events are free and open to the public.'

 

Category Modern History

'The Institute of Historical Research is the UK's national centre for history, dedicated to supporting historians of all kinds ... Explore all of our forthcoming events, from public lectures and conversations to research training and workshops, plus all our upcoming research seminars ...  2021 is the centenary of the IHR, which opened on 8 July 1921. To mark our centenary, in July 2021 we launch "Our Century", a 12-month festival of public activities exploring history’s past, present and future.'

'The Institute is home to six Centres, which foster research and interdisciplinary cooperation in their respective fields. The Centres' distinctive events and publications programmes complement and enhance the Institute's own work ... See our extensive calendar of lectures, colloquia, seminars and research training events covering all aspects of modern languages research.'

'An international research institute that provides objective information on military, geopolitical and geo-economic developments that could lead to conflict ... As the organiser of some of the world’s most prestigious security summits, as well as numerous conferences, workshops and discussion meetings, the IISS enjoys unrivalled convening power. We are currently offering a diverse programme of in-person, online and hybrid events, in order to share our research and expertise with a truly global audience.'

Category Europe

'The Italian Cultural Institute in London is the official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in England and Wales. To this end the Institute: Organises concerts, cultural events and exhibitions ...'

Category Asia

'Established in 1972 by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and became an Independent Administrative Institution in 2003 ... We organise lectures, workshops, seminars, courses, exhibitions and performances.'

Category Asia

'The leading independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to the enhancement of the British-Japanese relationship ... The Society’s main objectives are: * To promote learning and advance education in the subject of and with regard to Japan; * To promote the study of Japan and its people in all their aspects, traditional and modern, and to make the results of such study more accessible to the general public ...'

'A museum that tells the story of the history and heritage of Jews in Britain through universal themes of migration, family, faith and culture. We exist for all people from all backgrounds and celebrate diversity in all its forms ... Our mission is to surprise, delight and engage all people, irrespective of background and faith, in the history, identity and culture of Jews in Britain. Our exhibitions, events and learning programmes encourage a sense of discovery and aim to provoke questions, challenge prejudice, and encourage understanding.'

'The Society, which was founded in 1928, is made up of people with interests in the life and work of Samuel Johnson, his circle and his times. We welcome all who share these or similar interests ... The Society holds seven meetings each year.'

'The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active society devoted to natural history. Founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith (1759–1828), who was its first President, the Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in our keeping since 1829 ... Members (Fellows) come from all walks of life and include anyone passionate about the natural world ... The Linnean Society's diverse programme of events covers everything from plant and animal diversity to remote sensing and in vitro fertilisation. We offer a range of events including talks, meetings, workshops and tours ... We are committed to increasing the diversity of our Fellowship, and to providing opportunities for those usually excluded from the study and appreciation of natural history.'

Category Europe

'Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and appreciation of Hungarian culture, the Hungarian Cultural Centre organises and supports a wide spectrum of innovative programmes to promote Hungarian art and artists in the UK. Our mission is to familiarise people with all the treasures of Hungary, and to highlight the values that Hungary owes to other cultures, and in turn to emphasise Hungary's key bridging role in intercultural relations and cultural diplomacy.'

'A volunteer-run members' organisation and Registered Charity that represents the interests of beekeepers and urban beekeeping in the central London area .. We provide education and advice, promoting responsible bee keeping and raising awareness of the issues affecting bees.'

Category Westminster

'Outstanding academic expertise, outstanding global perspective, outstanding results. London Business School is consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in the world ... Our world-class events bring together a vibrant, international community of business leaders and thinkers; creating a unique platform to debate, inform, engage and inspire the business community at large.'

'There are two themes in this unusual London museum. London's canals have a fascinating past and you will learn not only how they came to be built but about the lives of the workers, the cargoes, horses and how canals work. We are a waterways museum first and foremost, but also an industrial museum telling the story of the ice industry in London. It is the only London museum of inland waterways.'  Monthly programme of illustrated lectures.

'Members have access to over a million books and periodicals, a superb online offering and an unforgettable building in beautiful St. James's Square. 7,000 members, including some of the most familiar names in the literary world, find the Library’s resources invaluable. We would love you to join them ... We have an active programme of talks and events with paid-for talks for members and non-members in the Reading Room and regular free events in the 6th floors members' suite.'

'In addition to open events for prospective students, we also offer an array of free lectures, workshops and talks which are open to the public. These events, on a stimulating range of subjects, are ideal if you live nearby, are visiting London, or if you have previously studied at London Met and would like to reengage with our community.'

Category Booksellers

'Opened in 2003 by the ​London Review of Books in the heart of Bloomsbury, just a Rosetta Stone’s throw from the British Museum, the London Review Bookshop has now established itself as an essential part of the capital’s cultural life, a place for people who love books to meet, talk, drink excellent tea and coffee, consume delicious food from the cake shop, and of course, browse ... Twice a week or so, we turn our shop into a miniature auditorium and sometimes a cinema in which authors talk about and read from their work, meet their readers, show films and engage in lively debate about literature, history, politics and everything in between.'

'Provides a unique space in which understandings of mental illness are questioned, challenged and explored ... The Trust organises regular seminars and lectures that bring together clinicians and researchers with philosophers, public intellectuals, and policy makers.'

Category Australasia

'The leading centre for Australian studies in the United Kingdom. Through interdisciplinary research and public engagement, we provide an international forum for discussion and analysis of Australian society and culture. We are one of five global institutes in the School of Global Affairs at King’s College London. Located on the Strand in central London, we are just metres from Australia House, the home of the Australian High Commission. We are named after Sir Robert Menzies (1894-1978), Australia’s longest-serving prime minister. We are academically independent and have no affiliation with any political party.'

'Contemporary Culture from the Arab World and Beyond ... The majority of The Mosaic Rooms current funding is from the A. M. Qattan Foundation, a UK registered charity ... We are open to further funding partnerships and support from individuals, trusts and foundations, as well as corporate sponsors, to enable us to deliver our leading programme of exhibitions, events and educational outreach work.'

Category Art Galleries

'The National Gallery, London houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. These pictures belong to the public and entrance to see them is free ... The Gallery’s national strategy promotes the understanding, knowledge and appreciation of Old Master paintings throughout the UK. It is our ambition to give these paintings a major role in modern cultural life ... The Gallery's aim is to care for the collection, to enhance it for future generations, primarily by acquisition, and to study it, while encouraging access to the pictures for the education and enjoyment of the widest possible public now and in the future.'

'New Acropolis is an international non-profit organization working in the fields of Philosophy, Culture and Volunteering ... Our school in the UK was first established in 1974 and we have been in Islington since 1997. We hold classes and talks here on a regular basis, we have a philosophical library available for members and we also have our Melissa Garden Bee Sanctuary with two hives at the rear of the school.'

'Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients’ medicines and in 1822 an operating theatre was included. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe.'

'An association open to everyone interested in philosophy. Our objectives are: * to encourage philosophical debate between professional and non-professional philosophers in a non-technical way; * to provide a forum for an active exchange of ideas and information; * to give guidance and information concerning courses as well as relevant literature in philosophy; *to inspire people to develop their interest in philosophy.'  Organize monthly lectures at Kant's Cave plus a number of other regular events.

'Processwork is a comprehensive and evolving model focusing on facilitating awareness at individual, relationship and collective levels. It has its roots in Jungian psychology, Taoism, indigenous traditional wisdom, justice movements, systems theory and quantum physics. Processwork was originally developed by Dr Arnold Mindell and colleagues in the 1980s ... Processwork and its sister methodology, Worldwork are applied in a wide range of fields ... We offer training in masters’ level diploma programmes with a Psychotherapy training track (UKCP accredited) and Worldwork facilitator training track. We also offer a one year programme and a range of events and shorter courses which can serve as a general introduction to Processwork and/or to learn about specific applications of Processwork. These are open to the general public and to practitioners for continued professional development (CPD).'

Category Europe

'Pushkin House is the oldest independent cultural centre - in the UK and internationally - focused on exploring Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet culture. We provide a unique meeting point and an intellectually stimulating environment for people with different views and backgrounds united by their interest in Russia’s past, present and future.'

'The Club is the leading organisation for all who are interested in the microscope and microscopy. We have an international membership, with both amateur and professional microscopists who freely share their knowledge with beginners and new members ... Membership is open to all, from beginner to advanced amateur and professional microscopists ... Club meetings are held monthly at the Natural History Museum in London with regional meetings across the UK on a yearly or twice yearly basis ... We appreciate that not everyone is able to attend Quekett meetings, but there are other clubs and societies of interest to microscopists, in the United Kingdom and in other parts of the world.' Note that I have referenced 'other clubs and societies of interest to microscopists' in a Grouping for this Club.

'Radical Anthropology brings indigenous rights activists, environmentalists, feminists and others striving for a better world together with people of all ages who just want to learn about anthropology. There is always time for questions and discussion after each talk and there are good local pubs for those wishing to socialise into the evening.'

Category Art Galleries

'We’re run by the Royal Academicians, artists and architects elected by their peers in recognition of their exceptional work. We’re home to Britain’s longest established art school, the RA Schools. Every year since 1768 we’ve held an annual Summer Exhibition, the largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. We present our collection of art and architecture in free displays throughout our home on Piccadilly. And we put on world-class exhibitions of art from around the world, welcoming hundreds of thousands of people to our galleries each year.'

'Our objectives are "to advance learning, knowledge and professional competence particularly in the fields of fine arts, in the principles and practice of art and design in their relation to industrial and commercial processes and social developments and other subjects relating thereto, through teaching, research and collaboration with industry and commerce".'

Category Music and Dance

'Research at the Royal College of Music embraces the creative, cultural and scientific study of music. Our thriving community of researchers works on a diverse range of projects in musicology, performance science, music education, composition and performance.'

'Meetings are held from September to June, normally on alternate Thursdays. They are of two types: the first is of a formal nature, at which one or more papers are read accompanied by displays by individual members, and usually starts at 5 pm; the second consists of a display of stamps, postal history etc. in the frames contributed by one or more members, with or without a written paper. This meeting is open from 1 pm to 6 pm. Tea is served to members and their guests at all meetings ... It is not necessary for a prospective member to be an advanced philatelist.'

'Rudolf Steiner House is a hub for contemporary culture in the heart of London offering a programme of spiritually oriented events in a unique and stunning architectural environment. Thousands of people come through the doors of Rudolf Steiner House every year. Some come to take part in the anthroposophically inspired seminars, conferences and events that are on offer. Others come to the bookshop for a warm welcome by our knowledgeable staff and others come to peruse the library and archive, using the study space for research. Still others come to see exhibitions and experience the unique ambience and organic architecture. All are welcome.'

'The nine institutes of the School collectively offer a wide range of seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences, and other academic events. The majority of our events are free and open to the public. Most of our events do not require advance booking.'

'We're a vibrant hub of multi-disciplinary scholarship that seeks to address and resolve the most pressing issues facing our world today. By drawing together a unique cohort of scholars, our School covers expertise in global environmental governance, climate change, global health, cross-border migration, emerging economies and politics. We're comprised of the Departments of Geography, International Development and Global Health & Social Medicine, the African Leadership Centre and the Global Institutes (Lau China, India, Brazil and Menzies Australia).'

Category Schools of Law

'Birkbeck's School of Law, founded in 1992, is home to the Department of Criminology, the Department of Law and the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research. A vibrant student community are taught by internationally renowned researchers working across six core themes: Critical Legal and Criminological Theory; Human Rights; Law and Humanities; Policy, Practice and Activism; Race, Gender and Culture; and Regulation, Risk and Surveillance.'

Category Art Galleries

'Championing new ideas in contemporary art since 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions for half a century from a wide range of emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists of our time. Across two sites only 5 minutes apart, in London’s Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine presents a year-round, free programme of exhibitions, architecture, education, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond.'

'Shakespeare’s Globe is a world-renowned performing arts venue, cultural attraction and education centre located on the bank of the River Thames in London.'

Category Africa

'The leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East ... With our vast repository of knowledge and expertise on our specialist regions, we are uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world.'

Category Europe

'The SCRSS organises a regular programme of lectures, film shows, exhibitions, seminars and other events at its premises in London ... Events are open to both SCRSS members and non-members, unless otherwise stated ... The SCRSS was founded in 1924 as the Society for Cultural Relations between the Peoples of the British Commonwealth and the USSR, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between Great Britain and the new Soviet state. It has continued its work uninterrupted until the present day. The Society's founding members were a group of key British and Soviet artists and intellectuals of the day, including EM Forster, Julian Huxley, Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Sybil Thorndyke, Alexei Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf and Konstantin Yuon.'

'An educational charity that promotes the understanding of the human past and recognises distinction in this field through election to its Fellowship. Founded in 1707, the Society meets its remit through a wide-ranging programme of activities at Burlington House in London and at Kelmscott Manor – the inspirational retreat of William Morris – in the Cotswolds. It runs regular public, educational and academic events, lectures and exhibitions, gives grants for research and conservation, publishes books and journals on heritage topics and contributes to the formulation of public policy on the care of our historic environment and cultural property ... All of our lectures are live streamed and are open to anyone to join us online, Fellows and Non-Fellows. To view any of our past lectures please visit our YouTube channel.'

'A group that meets monthly in Borough to discuss folklore, magic, mysteries and forteana in London and beyond.'

'Founded in 1910 in Tulse Hill, the South London Botanical Institute has a beautiful botanical garden and runs a wide range of courses, workshops, school visits and events for all ages ... The Institute has a diverse membership, including amateur and professional botanists, gardeners, artists, photographers, ecologists, writers, campaigners and others who have an urge to learn more about plants.'

Category Art Galleries

'The South London Gallery (SLG) was established on its current site in 1891 by philanthropist William Rossiter to "bring art to the people of south London". Today the gallery comprises its original site at 65 Peckham Road; the Fire Station (which opened to the public in September 2018); Art Block, a space for local children and families on Sceaux Gardens estate and an artist-designed garden ... Admission to the SLG is free for everyone.'

'We’re the largest arts centre in the UK and one of the nation's top five visitor attractions. We seek out the world’s most exciting artists, from household names to fresh new talent, and give them space to showcase their best work ... Through music, performance, art and events, we take you out of the everyday, every day.'

Category Southwark

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

'St Ethelburga’s is a "maker of peace-makers". Our core aim is to build community resilience for times of ecological and social emergency. We build strong, cohesive communities across differences of all kinds, through practical, collaborative action. Our vision is for a peaceful, just and inclusive world, rooted in care for each other and our common home. We believe in the potential of crisis to precipitate change and renewal.'

'The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers is the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries. Our members work in or supply the paper, print, publishing, packaging, newspaper, broadcasting and online media industries ... Through The Stationers’ Company, members are offered a unique opportunity to further the interests of our sectors. They can also meet with the many leaders of the industries, network and enjoy socialising with those with a common interest and share in the life and traditions of the City of London.'

'Examines the contemporary history of the institutions of British Government ... The Strand Group undertakes partnered research, teaching and events with government and business ... The Strand Group brings together figures from government, business, journalism and academia to shed light on contemporary challenges facing the economy, defence and intelligence, foreign affairs, the public sector and the machinery of government.'

'Established in 1810, the main aim of the Swedenborg Society is to translate and publish the works of the Swedish scientist, philosopher and visionary, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) ... We are based in a four-storey Grade II-listed building in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London, just a short walk from the British Museum ... We organize a broad range of cultural events, lectures, exhibitions, educational workshops and film screenings, and are one of the oldest independent publishers in the world.'

'Conducts timely, rigorous, independent research into constitutional change and the reform of political institutions. Our research has significant real-world impact, informing policy-makers engaged in such changes - both in the United Kingdom and around the world ... The Constitution Unit was created in 1995 to aid policy-makers involved in changing their constitutions ... We continue to fulfil that remit, but also assess the effects of reforms that have taken place, and research constitutional and political arrangements beyond the UK.'

'We are residents of Highgate and neighbouring communities with a shared concern about climate change and are part of the global Transition Movement. We believe that positive practical action is urgently needed to deal with these challenges, and that by coming together as a community and contributing to the Transition Movement, we will have greater success.'

'UCL Culture is a creative team at large and active across the university, curating and animating UCL content. We believe in the power of open; in opening borders, eyes and minds. Our teams manage museums, theatres, collections and facilitate engagement. We bring diverse performers and audiences into the heart of UCL to energise the student experience and fuel UCL’s creative culture with cutting edge cultural experiences.'

'The UCL Minds programme shares the knowledge, insights and ideas of our UCL community and are accessible through a wide range of events and activities, open to all, in and outside of UCL.'

'The United Lodge of Theosophists is an association of students of Theosophy which came into being through the determination of a small number of Theosophists to pursue the objectives of the Theosophical Movement without organisational distractions and formalities ... From the start of October to end of June every year, the Lodge holds talks and study meetings on Sundays and study groups on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Seminars on topical subjects are held quarterly on Saturdays. From July to September the programme is different, with less meetings and some in a different format ... All events are free and open to the public.'

'A membership charity open to all who care about the quality of life in our cities, towns and villages and believe that raising standards of urban design is central to its improvement. The UDG believes that good urban design depends upon successful collaboration between all those who shape the built environment, whatever their professional or personal background ... The Urban Design Group holds regular events ... Most are free and are open to the general public as well as members.'

Category Art Galleries

'The Wallace Collection is an internationally outstanding collection which contains unsurpassed masterpieces of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain ... We enable people of all ages to develop a greater understanding and enjoyment of art ... There are lots of ways to enjoy the Wallace Collection online, from the regular blog, Meet the Expert content series, our online talks and courses, online concerts filmed live in the galleries, to exploring our exhibitions online, or our creative resources with activities for children and families to make and do together and online family events.'

Category Antiquity

'The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with a special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity. Its open-stack Library, Photographic Collection and Archive serve as an engine for interdisciplinary research, postgraduate teaching and a prestigious events and publication programme.'

Category Booksellers

'We are one of the world’s oldest and leading independent bookshops specialising in esoterica. Since our inception, Watkins holds a proud legacy of offering one of the world's largest selections of spiritual and esoteric literature. We stock titles on Eastern Philosophy and Western Esoterica, as well as a wide variety of contemporary forms of Mind, Body & Spirit related material.'

'Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health. Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, we create opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art ... Events and exhibitions happen online and in our building. All our permanent and temporary exhibitions are free, and so are most events. We hold a wide variety of events throughout the year, from tours to multi-part festivals.'

Category Lambeth

Member of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends Grouping

'The Westminster Abbey Institute has been founded to foster faith in public life, among those working around Parliament Square and beyond. The Institute draws on the Abbey’s resources of spirituality and scholarship, rooted in its Benedictine tradition, to be a public forum for vigorous debate and lively truth-telling on issues of faith, ethics, politics and public policy-making.' Named Annual Lectures within the Abbey include: Charles Gore Memorial LecturesEric Symes Abbott Memorial LecturesOne People Oration.

'Our vision is of a continuously developing library, archive and information service for the UK and for the international community, dedicated to supporting research, learning, teaching and advocacy about the Holocaust and genocide, their causes and consequences.'

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