Gresham College

Gresham College has provided free public lectures since 1597. There are over 1,800 past lectures available on our website (www.gresham.ac.uk)

Gresham College was founded in 1597 and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years.

Operating as usual

18/03/2024

In-person tickets available: Refugees: English Law's Protection or Persecution?

Book for free via: https://gres.hm/refugees-law

How are refugees protected in English law? Professor Leslie Thomas KC traces the history of refugee protection, the limits of the Refugee Convention, and changes to the law in recent decades that have made refugees’ lives increasingly difficult.

The Government’s latest tranche of policies: the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 and the Rwanda offshoring scheme, are particularly brutal. Is it time to reverse anti-refugee policies and create safe and legal routes for refugees to reach the UK, without a number cap?

Garden Court Chambers
Goldsmiths, University of London
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Simon & Schuster

18/03/2024

Today at 6pm: The Human Cost of Immigration Detention

Watch live via: https://gres.hm/immigration-detention

Governments increasingly use detention as a central component of immigration and asylum policy. Using photography and first-hand testimony, Dr Greg Constantine asks, how is this a reflection of those societies that tolerate its use and the policies that support / endorse its expansion?


Queen Mary University of London
Independent Social Research Foundation

17/03/2024

Just a few in-person tickets left for this week's: Data Protection for Thrillseekers

Book: https://gres.hm/data-protection

We increasingly share with online services intimate details of our lives, such as mental health and reproductive data.
Professor Victoria Baines argues that it’s time to take advantage of our legal right to data protection. Because if we don’t use it, we might lose it.

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16/03/2024

In-person tickets open: The Geopolitical Risks of Climate Change

Book: https://gres.hm/climate-geopolitics

Climate Change is predicted to spark increasing threats to food security and demands for climate reparations, fuelling geopolitical instability. Probably the greatest risk of all, is tension over solar geo-engineering: the idea of reflecting away sunlight deliberately to modify global climate.

Professor Myles Allen will argue that recognizing solar geo-engineering as an inherently destabilising technology, because any such programme would inevitably be considered liable for bad weather everywhere, and ruling it out, would be very helpful.



Oxford School of Geography and the Environment
University of Oxford Physics

15/03/2024

Catch up: Microplastics, Public Health Myth or Menace

Watch more: https://gres.hm/microplastics-health

Dr Ian Mudway* explores how microplastics are now found throughout the environment, within soil, air, food and water - and have also detected in human blood, placenta, and other tissues. How concerned should we be?

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Register now for Dr Mudway's next lecture: Lead: A Toxic Legacy
https://gres.hm/lead-health

*Also of Imperial Medicine and MRC PHE Centre for Environment and Health

14/03/2024

Today at 6pm: Democracy: Ancient Models, Modern Challenges

Watch online via: https://gres.hm/democracy-ancient

Gresham Professor Melissa Lane* examines how ancient Greek models of holding leaders to account are still relevant today. Furthermore, the ancient Greek use of election for some offices and lottery selection for others also offers instructive possibilities for modern challenges.

* also of Princeton University
University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
Princeton Politics Department
Princeton University Press

13/03/2024

Next week: The Human Cost of Immigration Detention

By award-winning, documentary photographer Greg Constantine

Book free tickets or watch live via: https://gres.hm/immigration-detention

12/03/2024

Tonight at 6pm: Panel Discussion: New Hope in Cancer

Watch live via: https://gres.hm/cancer-hope

As we have seen in our series thus far, treatments and research in cancer are moving very fast, giving new hope to many. This event will bring together speakers - Professor James Larkin, Dr Richard Sidebottom and
Professor Sanjay Popat- to further explore this progress.

Series kindly sponsored by Novartis

The Royal Marsden NHS
The Institute of Cancer Research

11/03/2024

Today at 6pm: Modern Concepts of ADHD

Watch live via: https://gres.hm/adhd

The medical approach to the ADHD pattern of behaviour has been very successful in childhood but the results have been somewhat less impressive in adulthood. This has led to a reappraisal of both causes and treatment in both age groups.

Professor Peter Hill* asks, should the conventional, neurotypical world accommodate people with ADHD as different, rather than disabled?

*formerly of St George's, University of London | Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children's Charity

10/03/2024

Catch up: Asian Tigers: Export-led Growth

Watch via: https://gres.hm/export-growth

Prof Martin Daunton* on why economies in east Asia have been more successful in escaping from under-development and achieving high levels of growth

Japan’s experience of avoiding colonisation and creating a modern economy offered a model to other countries, some of whom had themselves been colonised by Japan – above all, South Korea. How did they create a successful model of export-led growth with a close connection between the state and business that was criticised by the IMF as ‘crony capitalism’?

* also of Faculty Of History, University Of Cambridge

09/03/2024

In-person tickets open: What went wrong in Latin America? The failures of import-substituting industrialisation

Book via: https://gres.hm/import-substitution

In the Great Depression, producers of food and raw materials complained that they received low prices and paid high prices for industrial imports. Latin America adopted ‘import substituting industrialisation’ to encourage production behind tariff barriers. This approach continued after the war as more countries gained independence.

Prof Martin Daunton* asks: Did this policy result in inefficient industries and state regulation without delivering improved welfare? By the 1980s, the policy was in retreat with a turn to market liberalisation and export-led growth.

* also of Faculty Of History, University Of Cambridge

08/03/2024

Happy International Women's Day!

See more of our favourite lectures by brilliant women here: https://gres.hm/iwd24

07/03/2024

Today at 6pm: Ancient Greek Ideas of Equality under the Law

Watch live online: https://gres.hm/greek-equality

Gresham Professor Melissa Lane* explores how the value of 'equality' depends on what standard is chosen. As ancient Greek thinkers recognized, equality can be deployed to exclude as well as to liberate, and its relationship to law and freedom needs to be interrogated.

* also of Princeton University
University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
Princeton Politics Department
Princeton University Press

06/03/2024

Today at 6pm: Ritual Nudity in History and Religion

Watch live online via: https://gres.hm/ritual-nudity

Professor Ronald Hutton looks at the role nudity has played in European religion and magic from ancient times to the present.

University of Bristol History Society
Bristol University Historians
The Pagan Federation
Children of Artemis
Pagan Federation International
The Pagan Federation: London

05/03/2024

Tonight at 6pm: Climate Tipping Points in Oceans, Ice, Forests

Watch live online: https://gres.hm/tipping-points

At what point will lead to catastrophic and irreversible changes such as a collapse of the west Antarctic ice sheet, loss of the Amazon biome, or the melting of Arctic permafrost? Professor Myles Allen looks at the risk at 1.5°C, 2°C and higher levels of warming.



Oxford School of Geography and the Environment
University of Oxford Physics

04/03/2024

Catch up: Mathematical Puzzles and Paradoxes

Watch more via: https://gres.hm/maths-puzzles

Prof Sarah Hart looks at the long history of puzzles and paradoxes, and how the maths behind them has many applications.

Birkbeck, University of London
The British Society For the History of Mathematics

02/03/2024

Catch up: Satirical Cartoons: A History

Watch the full lecture: https://gres.hm/political-cartoons

Examining the work of Swift, Hogarth, Gillray, David Low and Ronald Searle, this lecture by celebrated cartoonist Martin Rowson will also examine the role cartoons play in giving offence. Covering the Danish Cartoons scandal and the Charlie Hebdo massacre, this talk will also look at Martin's own output over the past 40 years.

01/03/2024

Happy St David's Day!

Learn a little more about Welsh : Finding Lost Gods In Wales

Watch more: https://gres.hm/wales-gods

Professor Ronald Hutton introduces vivid characters such as Rhiannon, the proud and wilful Arianrhod, the beautiful and treacherous flower-maiden Blodeuwedd, the decent and vulnerable Lleu Llaw Gyffes, and the supreme bard Taliesin.

29/02/2024

Leap day is upon us! In celebration, revisit our lecture 'Calendar Curiosities for 29 February' by Professor Tony Mann*, in which he casts light on the quirks of our calendar:

https://gres.hm/29-feb

Prof Mann answers questions like, why do leap years exist? How are there more Friday 13th's now than in the Middle Ages? Is there a way to quickly work out the day of the week of any given date?

* also of University of Greenwich

29/02/2024

Today at 6pm: Wealth Inequality: English Law's Unintended Legacy?

Watch live and for free via: https://gres.hm/wealth-law

In this lecture Professor Leslie Thomas KC critically evaluates the relationship between English law, capitalism, and the UK's deeply unequal society. What is the role of lawyers in addressing this issue?

Garden Court Chambers
Goldsmiths, University of London
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Simon & Schuster

28/02/2024

Today at 1pm: Changes in the Concept of Autism

Watch live via: https://gres.hm/new-autism

Our understanding of has changed over the last forty years. Historically, autism was diagnosed based on narrow criteria. Today, while still defined by social and communication difficulties, rigid interests and repetitive behaviours, the autism spectrum is far wider, and the historical under-diagnosis of women and girls is being addressed.

Professor Francesca Happé of Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London explores these changes, and directions for future research

King's College London
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)

27/02/2024

Catch up: How Cancer Genomics is Transforming Cancer Care

Watch more: https://gres.hm/cancer-genomics

Using lung cancer as a case study, Professor Sanjay Popat of The Institute of Cancer Research / The Royal Marsden NHS explores the transformative impact of genomics on personalised cancer treatment.

medicine
Kindly sponsored by Novartis

26/02/2024

Today at 6pm: Option Pricing Theory Explained

Watch for free via: https://gres.hm/option-pricing

We often change our minds after we decide to do something. In finance and business though, if you think you might like to change your mind you will have to pay your counterparty so that your right to change your mind is agreed in advance.

Professor Raghavendra Rau asks how much is the right to change your mind worth? Option pricing is the art of determining the value of this right.

Cambridge Judge Business School
Financial Management Association International

25/02/2024

Free, in-person tickets open: Lead: A Toxic Legacy

Book or register to watch online: https://gres.hm/lead-health

Evidence that childhood lead exposure caused stunted intelligence and behavioural problems motivated efforts to ban lead in petrol, with the world finally eradicating leaded fuel in 2021.

This is a public health success story, but what is the legacy of historic emissions? Dr Ian Mudway* exlpores the emerging evidence of continuing health effects.

*Also of Imperial Medicine and MRC PHE Centre for Environment and Health

23/02/2024

Catch up: LGBT Rights: Overcoming a Colonial Legacy

Watch more: https://gres.hm/lgbt-law

Historically the were persecuted under English law. Professsor Leslie Thomas KC examines this and its legacy in the



Garden Court Chambers
Goldsmiths, University of London
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Simon & Schuster

22/02/2024

There are still in-person tickets available: Option Pricing Theory Explained

Book free: https://gres.hm/option-pricing

We often change our minds after we decide to do something. In and business though, if you think you might like to change your mind you will have to pay your counterparty so that your right to change your mind is agreed in advance.

Professor Raghavendra Rau asks how much is the right to change your mind worth?

Cambridge Judge Business School
Financial Management Association International

22/02/2024

Today at 6pm: The Colour Spectrum of Scales and Modes

Watch live and for free via: https://gres.hm/scales-modes

Professor Milton Mermikides looks at the history, theory and artistry of scale construction in a wide range of styles, and how each scale can, through ‘rotation’, form a colourfully expressive palette of modal colours.

University of Surrey Department of Music and Media
Royal College of Music
Guildhall School of Music & Drama

21/02/2024

In-person tickets open: Twentieth-Century Divas: Shirley Bassey

Book free tickets: https://gres.hm/bassey

The Black Welsh singer started out recording cover versions of American songbook classics but rose to international fame after her performance of the title song of Goldfinger. Movie songs, successful albums and popular television specials followed, but so too did personal tragedy and a highly critical (and gendered) reputation of her professional behaviour in the media.

Professor Dominic Broomfield-McHugh looks at how the word ‘diva’ has been applied both admiringly and misogynistically to her life and work, typifying her experience as a Black British woman.

* also of The University of Sheffield

21/02/2024

Today at 7pm: Pulsars, Microwave Ovens and the Radio Sky

Watch free: https://gres.hm/radio-sky

Prof Chris Lintott examines the discovery of pulsars by Jocelyn Bell Burnell, explores how a microwave oven bamboozled astronomers, and discusses the latest research on Fast Radio Bursts, mysterious events detected in galaxies billions of light-years away.

University of Oxford Physics
BBC Sky at Night Magazine



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Caught Professor Lintott's last lectur, 'Oumuamua: Our first interstellar visitor?
Listen to our follow-up podcast, Any Further Questions?, available via Spotfy, Apple, Google and under the 'Audio' tab on the lecture web page: https://gres.hm/oumuamua

20/02/2024

In-person tickets open: Artificial Selection: How Humans have Shaped Evolution

Book free or register to watch online via: https://gres.hm/human-led-evolution

We often think of evolution as ‘something that happened’ in the past. But of course, evolution is a constant, powerful process and one that is often unleashed by human behaviours.

Often this is deliberate as in the artificial selection used to shape our crops, livestock and domestic pets. However, sometimes human behaviours unleash powerful and altogether less welcome evolutionary forces. Join Professor Robin May* to uncover them both...

University of Birmingham
Food Standards Agency
American Society for Microbiology
Microbiology Society
Academy of Medical Sciences

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Our story

The College was established out of the Will of Sir Thomas Gresham, one of the most influential and important men across the Tudor and Elizabethan periods. Sir Thomas made himself indispensible as the financial agent for four successive monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. As well as founding the Royal Exchange, Sir Thomas left proceeds in his Will for the foundation of the College in his name.

Gresham College was established in 1597 in Sir Thomas' former mansion on Bishopsgate. It was there that the seven original Gresham Professors lived and lectured, including the likes of Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke. After over 150 years at Bishopsgate – a period that saw the establishment of the Royal Society within the College – we moved to new premises on the corner of Gresham Street and Basinghall Street. In 1991 the College moved to Barnard's Inn Hall, a 14 th Century hall located close to Chancery Lane.

Today the College continues our four-century-old tradition of providing free public lectures within London. We uphold our founding principle in maintaining the highest possible academic standards for all of our appointed Gresham Professors, Visiting Professors and visiting speakers. All of the College's 130 and more lectures and events each year are free and open to all. Booking is not generally required, but for a few lectures which do require it are all clearly marked.

The College has been recording its lectures since the 1980s and there are now over 1,900 lectures freely available online in text, audio or video formats. The provision of this free online archive of lectures aligns with our founding principles of accessible free education for all.

Videos (show all)

Just a few in-person tickets left for this week's: Data Protection for ThrillseekersBook: https://gres.hm/data-protectio...
Catch up: Microplastics, Public Health Myth or MenaceWatch more: https://gres.hm/microplastics-healthDr Ian Mudway* expl...
Next week: The Human Cost of Immigration DetentionBy award-winning, documentary photographer Greg ConstantineBook free t...
Catch up: Asian Tigers: Export-led GrowthWatch via: https://gres.hm/export-growthProf Martin Daunton* on why economies i...
Happy International Women's Day!See more of our favourite lectures by brilliant women here: https://gres.hm/iwd24#IWD202...
Catch up: Mathematical Puzzles and ParadoxesWatch more via: https://gres.hm/maths-puzzlesProf Sarah Hart looks at the lo...
Catch up: Satirical Cartoons: A HistoryWatch the full lecture: https://gres.hm/political-cartoonsExamining the work of S...
Happy St David's Day!Learn a little more about Welsh #mythology: Finding Lost Gods In Wales Watch more: https://gres.hm/...
Leap day is upon us! In celebration, revisit our lecture 'Calendar Curiosities for 29 February' by Professor Tony Mann*,...
Catch up: How Cancer Genomics is Transforming Cancer CareWatch more: https://gres.hm/cancer-genomicsUsing lung cancer as...
Catch up: LGBT Rights: Overcoming a Colonial LegacyWatch more: https://gres.hm/lgbt-lawHistorically the #LGBTcommunity w...
There are still  in-person tickets available: Option Pricing Theory ExplainedBook free: https://gres.hm/option-pricingWe...

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