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The Gallery is closed temporarily to protect our visitors, staff and community and prevent the spread of COVID-19. All events have been postponed or cancelled and bookers refunded. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Contextual Lecture Series 2020: Prospects and Prophecies (Postponed)
Contextual Lecture: Reflections on biometrics and personal identity

In our increasingly security-conscious world we are becoming accustomed to using our fingerprints and facial images to provide information about personal identity. Join Professor Michael Fairhurst to reflect on the impact of biometrics and personal identity on our society.

Contextual Lecture: A History of Built London

Throughout its history the capital has been a battleground between a free market in property and attempts to curb and corral it. The attempts have always failed. Is that a good thing, or is it a pity? Join Sir Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust and one of Britain's most prominent journalists to explore this question.

Contextual Lecture: The Future of the English Language

Simon Horobin, Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford explores the future of the English Language.