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Longford Lectures

Longford Lectures


There are three main aims for the Longford Lectures, held annually in November at Church House, Westminster, and sponsored by the Daily Telegraph.

  • 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. 


Next Lecture

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

The 14th Longford Lecture 2105 is being given by the actor, writer and broadcaster Michael Palin (right). He will reflect on his own long-term interest in helping and supporting prisoners' families, until now something he has pursued privately, out of the limelight. His Longford Lecture will be the first time that he has spoken in public about the issue. The lecture will be chaired by the broadcaster, Jon Snow, and will be preceded by the awarding of the annual Longford Prize.


6.30pm at the Assembly Hall at Church House, Westminster



Most recent lecture

Nils Öberg: 'Cracking the Code: how Sweden is closing prisons and reducing the prison population.'

by Nils Öberg, director of Sweden's prison service
Chaired by Jon Snow

Thursday, November 27, 2014
At 6.30pm in the Assembly Hall of Church House, Westminster



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