Watch, listen to and read transcripts of past Westminster Abbey Institute lectures.

In the Public Eye, 2016

The media make people and events public. Love it or loathe it, people in public life have to live with it. Press freedom is essential to democracy, but freedom demands responsibility.


Press Freedom; Press Responsibility - Dame Ann Leslie, Columnist for the Daily Mail, and Nick Robinson, Today presenter, BBC, in conversation with Baroness D'Souza

Crowd-Sourcing Opinion - Professor Charles Beckett, Director of Polis, LSE and Barbara Speed, Comment Editor, The I, in conversation with Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC

How Impartial? - Professor Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History and the Official Historian of the BBC, and Gary Gibbon, Political Editor, Channel 4 News, in conversation with Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court

Staying Power, Spring 2016

Staying Power offered seminars, dialogues and lectures to the Abbey's neighbours on Parliament Square and beyond, as a rich and nourishing resource for the public life and service.


Dr Mary McAleese, former President of the Republic of Ireland, discusses building peace in divided communities with the Dean of Westminster

Watch the Reverend Professor Vernon White's Westminster Lecture: Benedictine Virtues in Public Life: Stability.

Watch the Venerable Andrew Tremlett's Westminster Lecture: Benedictine Virtues in Public Life: Community below.

Watch Claire Foster-Gilbert's Westminster Lecture: Benedictine Virtues in Public Life: Conversion of Manners below.

Stand and Be Counted, 2014

Stand and Be Counted offered lectures and symposia for all those concerned with the health of Politics.

Canon Vernon White's lecture series explored "Idealism and Compromise in Public Service: When the eye sees further than the hand can reach."


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