The 2020 edition focuses on some of the biggest issues that we have faced over the 12 months, not just at the Inn, but across society. Read more:
An important message to all Middle Templars regarding the COVID-19 Outbreak from Master Treasurer, The Rt. Hon. Sir Brian Leveson: Read here
Looking at the dress codes imposed both by the Inn and by external powers on generations of Middle Templars - and their violation.
Exploring the complicated and challenging environment faced by Roman Catholics at the Middle Temple over the centuries, from state surveillance to emancipation, via the building of Hall, the Gordon Riots and a mysterious stained glass pomegranate.
Dear fellow Middle Templars
Middle Temple during COVID-19 Outbreak
In my letter of 14 April, I referred to the financial hardship that many of our members will be suffering as a result of this crisis and invited your attention to the campaigns being mounted to support those in urgent need. I also promised to provide details.
As I explained, for practising members of the Bar, the Inns have agreed to work through the Bar Benevolent Association and, initially, have committed a substantial sum to the appeal. We have proceeded in this way because the BBA has the structure and experience to deal with hardship applications. In case you have not yet received it, you can go to the website www.the-bba.com/covid19-appeal-donations and click Download Donations Form. This will take you to the Appeal and the Donation and Gift Aid Declaration form. I do hope that all who can donate to support practising barristers affected by the COVID-19 emergency will do so.
Similarly, I would also ask for your support for those members of the Inn who are not eligible for assistance from the BBA, including students and pupils. This is an appeal being run entirely by the Middle Temple. Many will doubtless have been seeking to fund their studies and the period prior to pupillage with work that has vanished. All of us will well remember those difficult days when seeking to start out in the profession and I am sure that everyone will appreciate how much more problematic and challenging this emergency makes the position of those who follow us. The precise details of the operation of the fund (including the criteria for eligibility) are still being worked out by a group chaired by the Deputy Treasurer; I hope that we will publish the criteria by the end of next week following a meeting of the Executive Committee (as I made clear would be necessary in my last letter). That should not, however, prevent donations (which can benefit from Gift Aid relief) and I would urge you generously to support Middle Templars to such extent as you can. It is vital that we seek to minimise the difficulties faced by this and the next generation of barristers and pass on the good fortune that we, more senior members of the profession, enjoyed.
You can donate to this Middle Temple fund in one of three ways. First, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a standing order form which we can then process (even for a single payment): this is the most cost efficient. Second, you can use the Charities Aid Foundation the name of the Charity being ‘Charities Administered ICW The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple’. Finally, you can donate through JustGiving here. For both appeals, I can only ask that you are as generous as possible.
I end by repeating my hope that you all keep safe in these very troubling times and by wishing you all well.
With best wishes,
The Rt. Hon. Sir Brian Leveson
Exploring, through archival records, the stories of the many barristers, students and members of staff of the Middle Temple who fought or participated in the First World War.
Various published sources are available on the Middle Temple, its members, and legal history and the Inns of Court in general, which may assist researchers prior to making an appointment to view archival material. They should be accessible in libraries and some have been digitised and are available on this website.
History of the Middle Temple, edited by Richard O. Havery. Hart Publishing, 2011.
The Middle Temple's surviving records begin at the dawn of the 1500s, by which point it was already a well-established part of the national life. The Inn's prominence would only increase over the coming century.
Exploring the story of music at the Inn, its high notes and moments of discord, including noisy musical neighbours, Spanish minstrels in the garden, wartime concerts for wounded soldiers, and a turn on the piano by the founder of the Proms.