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.

Dogs of the First World War: Animal Rights and Wrongs

  • 25 April 2015 2:30-4pm *on now

“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity,” said Arthur Schopenhauer, not generally known as a tender hearted ethicist. Does he have a point? Do animals have rights? If so are they like human rights? Do we really owe them anything? In this discussion we will explore the nature of our moral responsibilities to animals.

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.

Suitable for


Dogs of the First World War: Animals of War

  • 28 April 2015 7:30-9pm

Whenever men have taken up arms, dogs have followed them into war. Roman mosaics and Attic vases show them with their warrior masters and they are often to be found on medieval sarcophagi at the feet of fallen knights. In more recent times, they have followed troops into Afghanistan and Iraq as mine detection dogs. But never perhaps in the history of warfare has their importance been so great as on the Western Front in the First World War. While new military technology reduced the importance of the horse in battle, the dog became indispensable.

They were selected with great care – the Airedale was considered the most suitable – and trained to carry out their tasks as messengers, carriers and to locate the wounded, all in the heat of battle with gunfire and explosions around them.

In this talk Juliet Gardiner will discuss the ways in which dogs and other animals fought alongside their masters, their contribution to victory and the high price they often paid.

Suitable for


£9.00 per person
£7.00 concessions