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Past Library Lectures

Past Library Lectures


" The Pain and the Passion: The privilege of Making a Difference" - Baroness Cox

Baroness (Caroline) Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 and was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005.  She was Founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University from 2006-2013 and is an Hon. Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing.   She was a founder Trustee of MERLIN [Medical Emergency Relief International] and is Founder and President of HART [Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust]. Caroline Cox has been honoured with the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council; the Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the President of the Republic of Armenia; and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa.  She has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Honorary Doctorates by universities in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and Armenia. Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict and post-conflict zones, including the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, the Shan and Chin peoples of Burma. Previously, she visited communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia, helping to establish the International Islamic Christian Organisation for Reconciliation and Reconstruction (IICORR) with late former President Abdurrhaman Wahid.  She has visited North Korea to promote Parliamentary initiatives and medical programmes.

Recent publications include Cox’s Book of Modern Saints and Martyrs (with Catherine Butcher); This Immoral Trade: Slavery in the 21st Century, with John Marks and The Very Stones Cry Out, The Persecuted Church: Pain, Passion and Praise, with Benedict Rogers.

Two biographies have been published by Monarch/Lion Hudson: The Baroness Cox: Voice for the Voiceless, by Andrew Boyd and The Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World by Lela Gilbert.


"Torchlight System:Storytelling for Recovery" - Kevin Braddock

Kevin Braddock is Founder of Torchlight System: a new publishing platform offering ways to talk about, live with and recover from issues such as depression and anxiety. For over 20 years Kevin worked as a writer editor for titles including GQ, The Face, Esquire, Vogue and the Guardian, and in 2017 he published “Torchlight: A Publication About Asking for Help” after suffering a major depressive episode in 2014. Torchlight is accompanied by packs of Practice Cards - 55 suggestions for dealing with depression and anxiety. Kevin’s story was featured on the cover of the Observer magazine, and online here.

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A Plastic Ocean

An award-winning documentary that is creating a global movement to #Rethink Plastic

A Plastic Ocean has been screened in over 70 countries and on 6 continents. There have been over 1,200 screenings hosted by government agencies, non-profits, schools, universities, individuals, multilateral institutions, corporations, aquariums and many more. 14 plus film festival awards, and has been subtitled to over 15 languages


Adam Rattray -  life of Michelangelo (1475-1564), a Renaissance genius

Adam Rattray is Head of Art History at Wellington College. He studied History at Bristol University and History of Art at Jesus College, Cambridge, and has guided and lectured to audiences of all ages throughout Europe.  He is particularly interested in the Renaissance and the history of architecture  Every year he runs  Wellington College trips to Florence, Rome and Venice. Outside Wellington, Adam Rattray is a part-owner of Jenna Burlingham Fine Art (dealers in Modern British painting and sculpture), and he enjoys long-distance endurance expeditions, both on sea and land.


The Right Reverend Christopher Herbert - "What is Ethics?"

Christopher Herbert has established himself as a respected and sought-after lecturer in the fields of Christian Art, Spirituality and the Ethics of End-Of-Life care. In each of these areas he lectures across the UK and in Europe. He is a visiting Professor in Christian Ethics at the University of Surrey. 


Space Robotics: Wider Horizons in Space Exploration - Dr. Mini C. Saaj is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Robotics at the University of Surrey

Dr. Mini C. Saaj is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Robotics at the University of Surrey, where she is also the Director of the Post Graduate Research (PhD) Programme at the Surrey Space Centre. Prior to joining the Surrey Space Centre in 2005 as a Research Fellow, she was a Visiting Research Associate at King’s College London and a Research Fellow at the Technical University Hamburg- Harburg, Germany.

As an internationally reputed female control engineer and roboticist, her research interests are mainly in the area of designing nature-inspired space robots and their spin-out applications in medicine, sub-sea and nuclear power plants. Dr. Saaj is a Chartered Engineer and has led internationally funded research projects (Grant value > £2.6M) that resulted in eighty scientific publications in international journals and conference proceedings. She is an external evaluator for research funding agencies and a reviewer for international journals and conferences. More details can be found at:


Roland Mayer - 'Roman Ruins' in Surrey

Roland Mayer is Emeritus Professor of Classics at King's College London. Most of his academic publications focus on Latin literature of the early principate, but currently he is fascinated by the reception of the ruins of Rome. His talk will be fully illustrated.


Soumaya Keynes

Soumaya Keynes is the economics correspondent for The Economist magazine, where she writes about a mixture of economic research and trade wars (sometimes both). Before joining The Economist, she worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where she analysed the public finances, and HM Treasury, where she worked as an economic policy adviser to the government.


Tuesday 5th December - Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini (born 1968) is a British philosopher, and the author of several books about philosophy written for a general audience. He is co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine.


Tuesday 9th January - Changing Lives - Nick Pascoe CBE

Nick has recently been appointed Executive Governor of two of the Government's new reform prisons; Coldingly & High Down. We will seek to the change the lives of prisoners as we test the freedoms which autonomy has given us.


Tuesday 27th February 2018 - Paul Crisp - "Operations Dynamo"

Paul writes on a variety of subjects including military history. He is a member of the Gallipoli Association as well as an associate of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, as well as being involved in research, agriculture, elderly motor cars, fly-fishing, and sailing - he owns one of Arthur Ransome's boats.


Tuesday 13th March 2018 - Doug Gillen - Hidden Canvases - Street Art and the City

There's more to the world of street art than Banksy. 

Doug Gillen has been heavily involved in documenting the street art scene in London and abroad through his project Fifth Wall TV, and is in ideal position to offer a genuine insight into this world. He previously lectured for London Art and More. When not filming he is an East End tour guide for Alternative London, specialising in culture and art.