September 2017
Thu 28

Love and Friendship

UK 2016, 90 mins. Dir. Whit Stillman starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Se

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Lectures are held in the Victoria Hall on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.  Doors open for members and for guests of Friends and Benefactors at 7.30pm.  Non-members will be admitted at 7.50pm, space permitting.  The fee for non-members is £5.  The hall is fitted with a RNID induction loop.

When the HLSI was founded in 1839, one of the first acts of the new management committee was to start a lecture series. This has continued, with very few interruptions, ever since. We aim to cover a wide range of topics: medicine and science, social and political issues, horticulture, history, education, literature, music and the fine arts. After more than 170 years, our lectures continue to attract a large audience.

September 2017
Tue 26
October 2017
Tue 03

Voices of the Great War: before and after Passchendaele

Max Arthur, oral and military historian, author of Forgotten Voices of t

October 2017
Tue 10

The World New Made: figurative painting in the 20th century

Timothy Hyman, figurative painter, curator, author of The World New Made

October 2017
Tue 17

Mozart and the Autobiographical Fallacy

Matthew Head, Professor of Music, King’s College London

October 2017
Tue 24

London’s Changing Skyline

Rowan Moore, architecture critic of the Observer and author

October 2017
Tue 31
November 2017
Tue 07

From Balfour to Blair: empire and its legacy in the Middle East

Roger Hardy, Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies,

November 2017
Tue 14

Victorians Undone: tales of the flesh in the age of decorum

Kathryn Hughes, biographer and journalist

November 2017
Tue 21

Discussing Climate Change: why so toxic?

Christopher Rapley, Professor of Climate Science at University College L

November 2017
Tue 28

In Search of My Father

Keggie Carew, biographer, author of the memoir Dadland

December 2017
Tue 05

The Tunnel through Time: history revealed by Crossrail

Gillian Tindall, author of The Tunnel Through Time: A New Route for an O

December 2017
Tue 12

Exile in Norwood: the disappearance of Émile Zola

Michael Rosen, children’s writer, poet, broadcaster and performer Asla

January 2018
Tue 09

Seeing in Three Dimensions: learning from Michelangelo’s mistake

Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience & Philosophy, Director of

January 2018
Tue 16

Called to Account: how corporate bad behaviour and government waste combine to cost us millions

Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committ

January 2018
Tue 23

Small but Perfectly Formed: paintings of private London gardens 1770-1950

Christine Lalumia, lecturer and writer on the design and history of gard