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Middle Temple Historical Society Event | 5 November 2019| Helena Normanton

Tuesday 5th of November 2019 18:30


Prince's Room
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Event Details

Please note, this event is run by the Middle Temple Historical Society (MTHS). When you book this event your name and email address will be shared with MTHS. Please see the Data Protection & Photography at this Event section below for further details.

For the attention of Benchers, please note that MTHS events cannot be charged to your Bench Bill. 

18:30 ~ Drinks Reception
19:00 ~ Dinner

This event is expected to end at approximately 22:30


Prince’s Room

Dress Code:

Lounge suit (no gowns)

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Event Details: 

Speaker: 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 Thursday 31 October.

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

The Middle Temple Historical Society meets at least four times a year in the Bench apartments for drinks, a hot supper and a talk on an historical topic, usually with a legal theme. Meetings are open to all members, staff, friends of the Inn and their guests who are welcome to attend a meeting before becoming members. Please note that meetings are not qualifying sessions.


Guests welcome

Please Note:

Times and details are subject to change.  Please check this webpage for the most up to date information.

Dietary Requirements:

If you (or your guests) have any dietary requirements please ensure that you provide this information when you book tickets.  If you did not do so, please inform the Inn no later than 12:00 two working days before the event.  When seated in Hall please make a member of staff aware of these requirements so that they can serve you accordingly.  

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Data Protection & Photography at this Event:

Please be aware that photography, audio and video recording may take place at our events. These may be used for promotional purposes by the Inn, including in printed publications, on our website, and on our social media accounts. If you do not wish to have your photograph taken or to have images of you used, please alert the Membership Team at the start of the event. We are unable to guarantee that you will not be included in the background of photographs that are being taken. Contact: 020 7427 6385,
All personal data that the Inn stores and processes is held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Inn’s Data Protection Policy. You can ask the Inn to stop using your images at any time, or request to see the personal data that the Inn holds on you. For more information please visit the Data Protection page

By booking this event your name and email address will be shared with the Middle Temple Historical Society (MTHS). MTHS will use this information to manage your attendance at this event and to contact you about membership of MTHS and future events. You can unsubscribe from receiving communication from MTHS at any time by contacting them at  The MTHS Data Protection Policy is available to view here: 

Booking Tickets:

Tickets for the talk and supper cost £30, £15 for Middle Temple students. Membership costs £10 a year and enquiries should be made at


Student/Hall Members - To cancel a ticket please contact the Treasury Office on 020 7427 4800.  A refund will only be processed where a ticket is cancelled by 12:00 two working days before the event.

Masters of the Bench - are reminded that cancellations received after 17:00 on the day before the event will incur the full cost of the Event. To cancel please contact 020 7427 6385 or email

Qualifying Session Details

Data Protection & Photography

Times and details for this event are subject to change. Please check this webpage for the most up to date information.