Since 1895, Bishopsgate Institute has been a home for open minds, independent thought, grand ideas, debate and learning. As part of our Broadgate Perspectives season, we’ve had a look at what’s coming up over the next few months at the Institute.
Bishopsgate Institute, located just across the road from Broadgate, has been inspiring audiences for 120 years. Since opening they have hosted hundreds of events, including in 1903, Sir Ernest Shackleton presenting an account of his trip to the South Pole, midday war lectures in 1916, and a lunchtime concert from acclaimed British pianist Dame Myra Hess in 1958. One of the most well-received shows of all came in 1997, when Sir Paul McCartney made the most of the Great Hall's remarkable acoustics.
Bishopsgate Institute continues to inspire audiences this autumn with their 120th anniversary programme. Highlights include:
- Ruth Rendell looking back over the fifty years since her popular fictional character Chief Inspector Wexford first appeared in ‘From Doon with Death’. Book a place for 50 Years of Wexford on 30 October here.
- Rachel Holmes gives a vivid account of the exceptional life of Eleanor Marx, youngest daughter of Karl Marx (1855–98). Book tickets for Eleanor Marx: A Life on 21 October here.
- Award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie discussing how women’s roles changed forever at the outset of the First World War. Book tickets for Kate Adie - Fighting on the Home Front on 3 December here.
- The First World War is also looked at by acclaimed writer and historian Professor Jerry White who takes a unique look at the city during wartime through the eyes of the people who lived there. Book tickets for Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War on 27 October here.
- The filthy streets of Victorian London are explored in Lee Jackson’s Dirty Old London on 16 October.
- Journalist Owen Jones presents a biting critique of the British Establishment and shows how the people at the top represent the biggest threat to our democracy today. Book tickets for The Establishment on 6 November here.
- There are also free lunchtime concerts and evening concerts with leading musicians. See the full programme here.
You can explore areas of London’s past and present in a huge collection of walking tours and history courses or explore Bishopsgate Institute's world-renowned archive collections.
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