Gresham College was established in 1597 and has been providing free public lectures for the past 400 years. It is an independently financed college which teaches no courses and awards no degrees. The college aims to look at contemporary problems in an academic light and encourages intellectual debates on a national and international level.
The college has a rich history and was conferred a royal appellation by Queen Elizabeth I. The college boasts of an impressive list of alumni, that includes such names as Sir Christopher Wren. Currently, it is based in Barnardís Inn Hall which has its own history, being described by legendary author Charles Dickens in his novel Great Expectations. The college rigidly follows the tenets set 400 years ago and even today, professorships are based on the ancient form on professorships and the tenures generally last for three years.
Gresham College currently has eight professors as well as two visiting professors and one honorary professor. These professors represent the disciplines of astronomy, commerce, divinity, geometry, law, music, rhetoric, physic and psychiatry. Transcripts of the lectures can be obtained through the lecture archive or by writing to the college. The college also has its own website where most of the transcripts are available for download or as a streaming audio or video file. Many of theses transcripts deal with contemporary issues such as the relations between Islam and Christianity, income tax, aspects of democracy, birth control, gender and sexuality and slavery.
Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1N 2HH, London
Greater London, London Region
Tel: 020 7831 0575, Fax: 020 7831 5208