Casting the spotlight back 300 years on an eventful year in Middle Temple history, featuring such challenges as pirates, swindlers, abandoned children and exploding privies.
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Although we know that the Inn had a small library prior to 1540, an early account about the Inns of Court states that Middle Temple ‘had a simple library in which were not many bookes besides the law and that library by meanes that it stood always open, and that the learners had not each a key unto it, it was at last robbed of all the bookes in it’!
The Hilary 2020 exhibition in Middle Temple Library explored the various challenges faced by aspiring barristers over the centuries – such as religion, ethnicity, finances, social status, disability and educational background – and told the stories of some of the incredible individuals who have overcome these barriers on the path to the Bar.
As members of the Middle Temple, you are a part of the Inn’s history – and your stories deserve to be told too. We are looking for stories of your path to the Bar, the barriers you have faced, challenges you have met, obstacles you have overcome – whatever they might be, and in whatever form you want to tell them. Everything we receive will be stored and preserved in the Middle Temple Archive for posterity, so your story can be told to and shared with future generations of Middle Templars. Some stories may also be selected for inclusion in future editions of the Middle Templar magazine.
Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or get in touch with any questions. What’s your story?
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Investigating the historic role of Steward of the Inn, whose primary duties were the provision of commons and the collection of debts from members for commons – a role that sometimes made him unpopular with the membership.
The article in the Middle Temple Magazine explains the thinking behind this award.
The Middle Temple Access to the Bar Awards are an example of how we aim to reach able students from backgrounds which do not traditionally encourage aspirations for a career at the Bar and help them to make an informed choice about their opportunities.
The Masters of the Bench, or Benchers, are responsible for the governance of the Inn. Masters are elected by their fellow Benchers of the Inn. Upon election, Benchers-elect are Called to the Bench at a Bench Call dinner for Benchers and members of the Inn at which there is a ceremony to Call elected members to the Bench.
The following Benchers were Called to the Bench of the Inn in the previous two years (in order of seniority from most junior to senior):
Exploring the role food has played throughout the Inn's history, from eighteenth century disputes over venison pasties to the Grand Day dinners of today.