Guildhall Lectures

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The Guildhall Lectures were an annual series of talks on the theme of communication, organised by the British Association.

The lectures, held in the London Guildhall, were sponsored and broadcast by Granada Television. The first set of three lectures were held in 1959,[1] and they continued until at least 1984. Broadly on the theme of "Communication in the Modern World", they concerned the arts, sciences, politics and mass media.[2]

List of lectures[edit]

Year Theme Speakers
1959 Communication in the Modern World Edward Appleton, Eric Ashby, Edward Murrow
1960 Communication in the Modern World Edgar Adrian, George W. Beadle, Hans Eysenck
1961 Communication in the Modern World Hermann Bondi, James Gray, John Wolfenden
1962 Communication in the Modern World John Kenneth Galbraith, Yoshinori Maeda, Yigael Yadin
1963 Communication in the Modern World A. J. Ayer, Patrick Blackett, J. Zacharias
1964 Communication in the Modern World William Holford, George Miller, Stein Rokkan
1965 Communication in the Modern World Alistair Cooke, J. B. Rhine, Hyman G. Rickover
1966 Telecommunications: The Next Ten Years Kenneth Clark, Sebastian De Ferranti, Francis McLean
1967 Only Connect Asa Briggs, Hugh Cudlipp, Fred Friendly
1968 Communication in the Modern World Lawrence Alloway, Paul Chambers, Richard Crossman
1969 Universities: Boundaries of Change Paul Doty, Jack Straw, Albert Sloman
1972 The Future of Broadcasting in Britain Hugh Greene
1974 The Freedom of the Press Harold Evans, Katharine Graham, David Windlesham
1975 Government, Broadcasting and the Press Roy Jenkins
1977 Television Today and Tomorrow Noel Annan, Charles Curran, Brian Young
1980 The Role of the Trade Unions Tony Benn, Len Murray, Jim Prior
1982 The Liberty of the Citizen John Hunt, John Mortimer, Franklin A. Thomas
1984 The Right to Know Floyd Abrams, Michael Kirby, Leslie Scarman
1987 Will Cabinet Government Survive? Quintin Hogg
1989 Europe: Our Sort of Community Leon Brittan


  1. ^ Asa Briggs, The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Vol. 5, p.457
  2. ^ Charles Curran et al, Television Today and Tomorrow, p.5