Free Gresham College Talks: Dr Johnson, Polio Vaccines And Bowler Hats

Barnard's Hall, image from Wikimedia Commons.

Barnard’s Inn Hall, image by jamesfranklingresham from Wikimedia Commons.

Ever been to Gresham College? It’s a centuries-old institution that puts on free public lectures during lunch time or early evening. Just turn up, learn something, then go back to work or home. Talks tend to happen at either Museum of London, or else the historic Barnard’s Inn Hall in Holborn. Here’s what’s coming up in June and July — click through for full descriptions.

3 June: Diabetes, the New Epidemic, Paolo Pozzilli, Barnard’s Inn Hall, 1pm

4 June, Magnificence: a Tale of Two Henrys, Simon Thurley, Museum of London, 6pm

9 June, Identity and Identification, Jane Caplan, MoL, 1pm

12 June, Good, Bad and Ugly, the History of Polio Vaccines, Gareth Williams, BIH, 1pm

16 June, Names, Jane Caplan, MoL, 1pm

18 June, Dr Johnson’s House, Morwenna Rae, BIH, 1pm

19 June, More Means Better: 50 Years of Higher Education, Sir Roderick Floud, BIH, 6pm

23 June, Signatures and Handwriting, Jane Caplan, MoL, 1pm

24 June, Faith in Women? The Changing Role of Women and Girls in the Music and Ministry of the Church, Rev Lucy Winkett, BIH, 6pm

26 June, Religion, the Rule of Law and Discrimination, Sir Terence Etherton, BIH, 6pm

27 June, Britain’s Relations with Korea: a Personal View, Sir Thomas Harris, BIH, 6pm

30 June, Distinguishing Marks: the Tattoo, Jane Caplan, MoL, 1pm

30 June, The Science of Singing, David Howard, BIH, 6pm

2 July, The History of the Bowler Hat, Timothy Long, BIH, 6pm

8 July, The Queen’s Commonwealth: Monarchy and the End of Empire, Philip Murphy, BIH, 6pm

17 July, Discovering Australia: the Legend and the Reality of the Navigator-Explorer Matthew Flinders, David Hill, Australia House, 6.30pm, this one needs pre-booking

Gresham College then takes a summer break, but returns in September.

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  • Sherry Cohron

    Are any of these available online?

    • James Franklin

      They will be – everything the College does is recorded and made available for free on the website. (The archive of free public lectures there is over 1,500 lectures large).