Bishopsgate Institute

Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
City of London






Reception, Administration, Grants, and Cultural Events Enquiries

020 7392 9200

Bishopsgate Library

020 7392 9270


Reception, Administration, Grants, and Cultural Events Enquiries

020 7392 9250

Bishopsgate Library

020 7392 9275

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Bishopsgate Institute
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Bishopsgate Institute is based in a beautiful Grade II* listed building in central London. Since 1895, we have provided an independent meeting place for people with shared interests to learn about a vast array of subjects.

We offer a diverse range of activities, including: a library which holds important collections on the history of London and the labour, co-operative, freethought and humanist movements, a Courses for Adults programme and a programme of Cultural Events which range from music concerts to talks and debates.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Heritage site

Opening hours

Mon - Fri 9.30-17.30

Closed: Sat, Sun

Admission charges


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War

  • 27 November 2014 7:30-9pm *on now

Acclaimed writer and historian Jerry White takes a unique look at London during the First World War as seen through the eyes of the people who lived there. Londoners experienced bombing raids by German airships and much drama and devastation but there were also many unexpected dimensions of the city during wartime. Nightclubs opened, there was a new sexual freedom and there were many citizens from patriots and pacifists, clergymen and thieves, bluestockings and prostitutes, all dependent on war’s shifting fortunes.

Professor Jerry White teaches London history at Birkbeck, University of London. His acclaimed trilogy on London, from the 18th to the 20th century, is an unparalleled narrative of the capital, and London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People won the Wolfson History Prize in 2001.


£9, £7 (conc.)


Kate Adie: Fighting on the Home Front

  • 3 December 2014 7:30-9pm

In 1914 the world changed forever. When World War One broke out and a generation of men went off to fight, bestselling author and award-winning former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie shows how women emerged from the shadows of their domestic lives.

Now a visible force in public life, they began to take up essential roles - from transport to policing, munitions to sport, entertainment, even politics. They had finally become citizens, a recognised part of the war machine, acquiring their own rights and often an independent income.

Kate Adie hails the women who challenged discrimination and charts the seismic move towards equal rights with men that began a century ago and asks what these women achieved for future generations.

Kate Adie became the BBC’s chief news correspondent in 1989, and has reported from war zones around the world. She presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of four bestselling books including Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One. She was awarded an OBE in 1993.

In partnership with Newham Bookshop.


£12, £10 conc.


Philosophy of War - War, Peace and Propaganda

  • 13 December 2014 2:30-4pm

Join our series of open philosophy discussions to explore concepts, events and ideas that change the way we think.

Noam Chomsky warns us: “State propaganda, when supported by the educated classes and when no deviation is permitted from it, can have a big effect. It was a lesson learned by Hitler and many others, and it has been pursued to this day.” What is the role of propaganda, in war as well as in peace? How free are we to disagree with the Establishment? Are our minds moulded into agreement?

The discussion will be chaired by Anja Steinbauer, president of Philosophy for All, co-editor of Philosophy Now and co-founder of the London School of Philosophy. Anja also teaches Philosophy at Bishopsgate Institute.

See also Pacifism and What is a 'Just War'? open discussions.

This event is organised in partnership with Philosophy for All.

Free admission
No advance booking required; please note places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.