Penny Lectures

To celebrate our 125 year anniversary we are reviving the Penny Lectures. The Penny Lectures began in 1882 at the Old Vic Theatre in Waterloo. Topics were chosen to encourage new thinking and ideas and provided illustrated lectures at affordable prices…a penny!

The lectures were a huge success and quickly led to the establishment of ‘Morley Memorial College’ for Working Men and Women. Now celebrating our  anniversary, we have revived the Penny Lecture series for a new generation of adults to learn from and be inspired by.

Penny Lectures | Autumn series 2015

The London Boroughs at 50
Professor Tony Travers
Friday 18 September
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Creativity and Mental Liberation
Sarah Wheeler, founder of Mental Fight Club. Dolly Sen, writer, film-maker and mental health consultant. Bobby Baker, artist and author.
Friday 23 October
Doors at 18:00, lecture from 18:30-20:00

Sarah Wheeler, Dolly Sen and Bobby Baker, all with lived experience of mental illness, describe how creative practice has saved and transformed their lives.

Penny Lectures | Summer series 2015

Gardening Without Boundaries
Richard Reynolds, blogger and author of ‘On Guerrilla Gardening'
Wednesday 27 May 2015
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Musicians in the Shadow of War and Tyranny
Rob Cowan, BBC Radio 3 presenter
Friday 24 July 2015
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Penny Lectures | Winter series 2015

Cosmic Quest - from Babylon to the Big Bang
Helen Couper and Nigel Henbest
Wednesday 28 January 2015
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The Unfinished Battle for LGBTI Rights in the UK
Peter Tatchell
Thursday 26 February 2015
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Does Female Representation Matter?
Caroline Criado-Perez

Thursday 19 March 2015
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Penny Lectures | Autumn Series 2014

Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War
Professor Jerry White, Author & Historian

Thursday 18 September
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Performing surgery: the theatre of the Theatre
Professor Roger Kneebone, Surgeon & Professor of Surgical Education
Thursday 16 October
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On Liberty
Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty
Tuesday 25 November
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