History Society

The Inner Temple History Society is open to all members of the Inns of Court and the general public. Lectures will focus on topics relevant to the history of the Inn, its membership and Estate.

The ticket price includes drinks which will be served after each event.

Upcoming Lectures

Previous Lectures


22 January
LONDON AND THE REFORMATION by Dr Susan Brigden (Author of London and the Reformation and Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford)



23 October
LAWYERS AND DIPLOMATS AT THE INNER TEMPLE by Greg Dorey CVO (Sub-Treasurer of The Inner Temple and former British Ambassador to Hungary and Ethiopia)

4 June
THE MISFORTUNES OF ARTHUR a play by Thomas Hughes. Originally created for the 1587 Gray’s Inn revels and last performed for Elizabeth I at Greenwich Palace in 1588. The first time it has been performed at an Inn for 432 years

25 March
LAW SPORTS: Revelling at the Elizabethan and Jacobean Inns of Court by Professor Michelle O’Callaghan (Director of the Early Modern Research Centre and Author)

4 February
MY LIFE OF CRIME - Cases and Causes by Sir Ivan Lawrence QC, Inner Temple Bencher  and celebrated criminal defence lawyer


16 Ocbtober
PEERAGE LAW, its evolution and Hereditary Peerage and Baronetcy Claims in the 21st century by Thomas Woodcock CVO DL FSA, Garter Principal King of Arms and Inner Temple Bencher

23 July

21 May
JUST AN ORDINARY LAWYER written and performed by Tayo Aluko

16 March
KING’S INNS, DUBLIN, AND THE IRISH AT LONDON’S INNS OF COURT by Dr Colum Kenny, Emeritus Prof of Communications at Dublin City University

19 April
AN INNER TEMPLE ‘MISCELLANY’: Revels, Plays, and Proclamations, 1526-1633 by Alan H Nelson, Professor Emeritus at the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley

29 January
THE RIVER’S TALE: Stories from the Thames Discovery Programme by Nathalie Cohen, Head of Community Archeology for the Thames Discovery Programme