Second chances for ex-offenders through education

Longford Lectures

Longford Lectures


The Longford Lectures are held annually in November at Church House, Westminster. Our media sponsor is the Daily Telegraph.

There are three main aims:

  • to provide a national platform for a serious contribution to questions of social and penal reform
  • to make significant recommendations to policy makers
  • to be written, delivered and promoted in such a way as to engage wide public interest. 

The Longford Trust makes no charge for tickets to the Longford Lectures so as to ensure that they are open to all, regardless of means. Those who can afford to make a donation in lieu of tickets are invited to do so.  Details of the 2016 Longford Lecture, which will take place in November, will be announced here in August.


 The 2016 lecture will be sponsored by Unilink Technology Services.


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Most recent lecture

Michael Palin: 'Collateral damage: The effects of prison sentences on offenders' families'

Michael Palin: Collateral damage: The effects of prison sentences on offenders families

The 14th Longford Lecture 2105 was given by the actor, writer and broadcaster Michael Palin (right). The lecture was chaired as always by the broadcaster, Jon Snow, and was preceded by the presenting of the annual Longford Prize by Michael Gove, Secretary of State. 


A film of the Lecture can be viewed on our Vimeo platform. It is just under 1hr 30mins in length and features the Prize giving and the addresses by Longford Scholars.



There is now a PDF text transcript of the Lecture available to view and download.


Photographs of the Lecture, Prize-giving and reception are on the Frank Longford Charitable Trust facebook pages