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Middle Temple Historical Society

Meetings of the Middle Temple Historical Society are open to all members, staff, friends of the Inn and their guests who are welcome to attend a meeting before becoming members. We meet four times a year in the 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, £15 for students of Inn. Member of the Inn can book tickets online via the Inn Calendar. Those who are not members of the Inn or who are unable to book online may book by contacting the Treasury Office. Please note that meetings are not qualifying sessions.

For the attention of Benchers, ticket costs cannot be charged to your Bench Bill. 

Membership costs £10 a year and enquiries should be made to the Membership Secretary at


CALENDAR 2020/21


Wednesday 21 October 2020


The Fire Courts 1666- Successfully Delivering Justice in a Time of Plague and Fire

Professor Jay Tidmarsh, Judge James J Clynes JR Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School

Professor Tidmarsh will explore the social and economic impact of the Great Fire and explain how a novel Fire Court cut a path through the legal disputes that threatened the timely rebuilding of London.

This is the first in a series of annual lectures sponsored by the Seldon Society and the Historical Societies of the four Inns. It is free and will be delivered using Zoom. Please book by the 16th October 2020 at or 020 7797 8250.


Wednesday 20 January 2021

18:30 for 19:00

England’s Other Countrymen

Dr Oneyka Nubia, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, a lawyer and historian.

Dr Nubia’s research shows how Tudors from many walks of life regularly interacted with people of African descent both in London and elsewhere and that many of the ideas associated with modern racism are in fact fairly recent developments.

This is not a Supper meeting but is preceded by a drinks reception at 18:30.

Bookings close on the 17 January 2021.


Wednesday 31 March 2021

18:15 for 19:00

Annual General Meeting

Edmund Burke and his legacy

Professor Richard Bourke FBA, Professor of the History of Political Thought at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Kings College.

Edmund Burke was not only an Anglo-Irish parliamentarian, statesman, orator and political philosopher who still has some political influence, he was also a Middle Templar. His biographer, Professor Bourke, will challenge us to rethink his legacy.

This is a Supper meeting.

Bookings close on the 28 March 2021


Tuesday 20 April 2021

18:30 for 19:00

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.

This is a Supper meeting.

Bookings close on the 15 April 2021