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Join A Big Conversation On Prison Reform

If you have any interest in prison reform, the annual Longford Lecture is the place to be.  In addition to well-known headline speakers from around the world, there is a chance to put your point of view across in the Question and Answer session, see the awarding of the annual Longford Prize, listen to some of the Longford Scholars and their mentors talking about their experiences in higher education, and join the catered reception afterwards, open to all. In recent years, the lecture has been broadcast live on National Prison Radio, extending its reach to prison cells around the country and providing a rare opportunity to involve those in prison with a national debate about prisons.


Historic Venue

The Longford Lectures take place each year in the spectacular circular Assembly Hall of Church House, Westminster.  Catering after the lecture is by Liberty Kitchen, which provides training, support and jobs for serving and ex-prisoners. Watch George The Poet (right) give our the 2021 lecture.


The Place To Be

The broadcaster Jon Snow chaired the Longford Lecture from its inception in 2002 . It is broadcast live each year on National Prison Radio into cells around the country.  On stage to welcome them in 2023 was award-winning radio host Zac Addae-Kodua (right), part of NPR’s team of presenters.


  • Essential listening for anyone interested in prison reform
  • See the presentation of the Longford Prize
  • Hear testimony from Longford Scholars and mentors
  • Enjoy first class catering from Liberty Kitchen who work out of HMP Pentonville
  • Open to all, regardless of ability to pay

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