Allen Lane Lectures

The Foundation hosts regular Lectures in memory of Sir Allen Lane.

The Allen Lane Foundation has been holding Lectures since 1979, often on an annual basis.  Many have taken place at the impressive Ismaili Centre in South Kensington, and more recently in 2016 at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

Past Lecturers have included Mary Robinson, former President of the Irish Republic, The Bishop of Oxford the Rt.Rev Richard Harries, Helen Bamber OBE, and The Rt. Hon. Frank Field MP.


2016 marked the 50th year of the Allen Lane Foundation.

Trustees were delighted that the anniversary Lecture was given by Dame Anne Owers, Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Clinks.

The Lecture entitled “Inside Out – Pathways to Rehabilitation” took place in London on Thursday 10th November.  

You can access a copy of the Lecture here.

The 2014 Lecture was given by Danny Kushlick of Transform Drug Policy Foundation and titled “Improving Social Justice by Ending the War on Drugs”.

In 2011, Maurice Frankel gave a Lecture entitled “Freedom of Information: requiring decisions to be taken in the public interest”.
The text of the Lecture can be found here.

2009’s Lecture was given by Kathleen Duncan OBE. “Hard Times but Great Expectations – The Current Financial Climate and The Third Sector”
The text can be found here.

The Rt. Hon. Frank Field MP spoke in 2008. “Acceptable Behaviour Contracts for the Super Rich”
The transcript can be found here.

In 2007, Claire Morpurgo, daughter of Sir Allen Lane gave the Foundation’s 40th year anniversary Lecture: “Allen Lane, the man and his Foundation”
Text can be found here.

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