Second chances for ex-offenders through education

Longford Lectures

Longford Lectures


The Longford Lectures are held annually in November at Church House, Westminster. Our sponsor of the 2016 Lecture is Unilink.

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. 

The 2016 Longford Lecture is sponsored by Unilink Technology Services and will be orgabnised by the Longford Trust working  in association with the Prison Reform Trust.

Next Lecture

Michael Gove: What is Really Criminal about our Justice System?

The 15th Longford Lecture will be given on

Wednesday November 16th, 2016

at 6.30pm

in the Assembly Hall of

Church House, Great Smith Street,

London SW1P 3NZ

Michael Gove (pictured right) was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice between May 2015 and July 2016.

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