OUR 2023 LONGFORD PRIZE: we want to hear from you with nominations for those working in prison reform NOMINATE

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.

Rachel Billington presents the 2016 Prize

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 give our the 2021 lecture.

Jon Snow at the 2010 Lecture

The Place To Be

Award-winning broadcaster Jon Snow has chaired the Longford Lecture each year since its inception in 2002. There are stalls, in the adjoining rooms to the Assembly Hall, for the charities that work closely with the Longford Trust, plus displays by Longford Prize winners and Longford Scholars, as well as a chance to meet the trustees.

  • 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 the Clink
  • Open to all, regardless of ability to pay