Middle Temple Historical Society Lectures

The Middle Temple Historical Society extend a warm welcome to the members of the Inner Temple Historical Society. We meet four times a year in the Middle’s Bench apartments for drinks at 6.30pm followed by an informal buffet supper and a talk on an historical topic, usually with a legal theme. Meetings finish at 9.15pm.

Tickets cost £30 and are booked by contacting the Middle Temple Treasury Office (020 7427 4800).

For further information about the Society, contact John Mitchell at mths@middletemple.org.uk.

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Helena Normanton

Dr Judith Bourne, Co-Director of the Centre for Law and Culture at St Mary’s University, London

After years of effort Helena Normanton was finally able to join

the Middle Temple as a student on Christmas Eve 1919. Less than three years later she became only the second woman to be called, later becoming one of the first women King’s Counsel. Her biographer, Dr Judith Bourne will help us celebrate this determined and remarkable member of the Inn. Bookings close on the 31 October.

The meeting is preceded by the Society’s AGM at 6.15pm.


Tuesday 14 January 2020

The Silent Revolution in Advocacy in The Twentieth Century

Dr Andrew Watson, Sheffield Hallam University

By the 1940s the dramatic advocacy of the late 19th century had been replaced by a conversational tone and appeals to juries were now based on reason combined with a controlled appeal to emotion. Dr Andrew Watson will recount how this happened. Bookings close on the 9 January.


Tuesday 25 February 2020

The Two Hakluyts

Professor Stephen Alford, Professor of Early Modern English History, the University of Leeds

Richard Hakluyt, the younger, is famous for his accounts of the many Elizabethan explorers.  at the end of the sixteenth century. As well as being a passionate cosmographer, his uncle, also called Richard, was a member of the Middle Temple. Professor Alford, the author of London’s Triumph: Merchant Adventurers and the Tudor City, will tell the story of uncle and nephew. Bookings close on the 20 February.


Tuesday 17 March 2020

The Early Gardens of the Inns of Court

Dr Paula Henderson

Dr Henderson, an architectural and garden historian will describe how medieval garden design was adapted for the use of an elite professional society in the increasingly confined urban environment of the early modern period. Bookings close on the 12 March.