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 mths@middletemple.org.uk

 
2019
 
Tuesday 5 November           
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 31st October.
 
The meeting is preceded by the Society’s AGM at 6.15pm. 
 
 
Thursday 12 December
A Collection of Medieval Documents: With Promptings from William Shakespeare
Master Igor Judge will explain how and why he collected the medieval documents which form this term's Library exhibition. The talk will be followed by a wine reception and the Library will remain open so that the documents can be viewed.
The meeting is open to all members of the Inn and their guests. Tickets cost £7.50 and are booked on the Inn’s online Events page. Bookings close by the 9th December.
 
 
2020
 
Tuesday 14 January           
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By the 1940s   the dramatic advocacy of the late 19th century had been replaced by a conversational tone and appeals to juries were now based on reason combined with a controlled appeal to emotion.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 9th January.
 
Tuesday 25 February
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 20th February.
 
Tuesday 17 March
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 12th March.