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About the Gresham College

Gresham College, founded in 1597 by the will of the merchant Thomas Gresham, gives free talks and lectures to the public.

Despite its name, it does not enrol students or award degrees but offers free to attend lectures to anyone who is interested.

The lectures generally take place in Gresham College's building in Holborn or at the Museum of London's lecture theatre.

Topics range from economics, maths, science, music and history.

Gresham College was also one of the first venues to routinely broadcast lectures online.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Gresham College,
Barnard's Inn Hall,
Barnards Inn,

Link to Gresham College's website

Future events at Gresham College

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to wear a face mask when visiting?

The UK government does not require face masks to be work indoors at the moment, but many venues ask people to wear them, and can refuse entry if they need to.

What's the nearest railway station to Gresham College

The nearest station is Chancery Lane which is 0.1 miles away.

Gresham College - Latest News

Attend a lecture in the City of London’s Mansion House
Attend a lecture in the City of London’s Mansion House

Depending on how you look at it, this is either a chance to hear the Lord Mayor of London talking about an important issue or a chance to visit the sumptuous surrounds of Mansion House.

Watch Gresham College lectures from home
Watch Gresham College lectures from home

London’s ancient provider of free lectures and talks, Gresham College has adapted to the lockdown and is keeping up the schedule, with online video lectures.

London’s Alleys: Barnard’s Inn, EC1
London’s Alleys: Barnard’s Inn, EC1

Through a small gap in the line of shops and offices of Holborn can be found a medieval enclave of learning.

Sir Thomas Gresham: Tudor, Trader, Shipper, Spy
Sir Thomas Gresham: Tudor, Trader, Shipper, Spy

A man who can serve four Tudor monarchs without losing his head, while becoming fantastically rich at the same time is bound to be an enigmatic figure.

The Lord Mayor’s Annual Gresham Lecture
The Lord Mayor’s Annual Gresham Lecture

A few years ago a new tradition was born, and the details of this year’s now-annual Lord Mayor’s Gresham Lecture have been announced.

The Lord Mayor’s Annual Lecture at Mansion House

Have you been here before, a chap asked as I waited in a queue last night to go inside the Mansion House in the City of London.

The History of the Oxford English Dictionary

I recently popped along to the Gresham College in Holborn for one of their free lunchtime lectures, and I learnt two things. Firstly, that they have an overflow basement for when the main hall is full – and that the

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