The Middle Temple Historical Society meets 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 and friends of the Inn, its staff and their guests who are welcome to attend a meeting before becoming a member.

Monday 23rd October          2017   Marshall Hall: The Great Defender: Sally Smith QC

Marshall Hall is probably the most famous of the criminal advocates of the late Victorian and Edwardian era. Sally Smith QC, a recent biographer of Hall, will describe his victories and foibles.

Monday 27th November 2017           East West Street: Master Philippe Sands

Master Philippe Sands is the Professor of Laws at University College London and renown international Human Rights lawyer. He will describe how he discovered not only what lay behind a family secret of why his grandfather left the Ukraine at the outbreak of the First World War but also  the unsuspected  links between his family and two great international and humanitarian lawyers, Rafael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht

Tuesday  16th January          2018    London and the Black Death: Barney Sloane

Barney Sloane has made a special study of the impact of the bubonic plague of 1348 on this major medieval city using both archaeology and documentary evidence

Wednesday 7th February 2018         Outing: The Old City at Night

We meet at 6.30pm at the entrance to St Paul’s tube station for a professionally guided walk through the squares, alleys and graveyards of the City of London. Tickets are £8 each. Places are limited and booking by the 24th January 2018 at is essential

Tuesday  20th February 2018           The Temple Sermon of John Donne: Dr Emma Rhatigan

Between 1616 and 1621 John Donne was Preacher at Lincoln’s Inn. His sermons in the Inns of Court were specifically tailored to a congregation which valued witty, intellectual preaching containing legal references .One such sermon was preached at the Temple Church in the early seventeenth century

Dr Emma Rhatigan, Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, University of Sheffield and the editor of the Oxford Edition of Donne’s  Sermons .

The meeting starts at 6pm in the Temple Church for an abridged reading of the Temple Sermon before moving to the Bench apartments at 6.30pm.

In connection with the meeting there will be an exhibition of the Inn’s unique collection of Donne’s printed works in the Library in February and March.

Further events such as a talk on the treasures of Inn’s archive and rare books collections will be advertised on the Inn’s website during the year.

Meetings start with drinks in the Prince’s Room at 6.30pm. Tickets cost  £30 or £15 for students of the Inn. Bookings must be made at no later than four days before the event. For catering reasons it unlikely that late bookings can be accepted. Once a booking is made payment should be made by cheque payable to the Society and sent to the Middle Temple Historical Society, c/o the Treasury, Middle Temple, London EC4Y 9AT.  Membership costs £10 a year and enquiries should be made to the Membership Secretary at