Money and Power: The Bank of England and London in the 18th Century
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
In the final History of Capitalism lecture, Anne Murphy, Reader in History and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, told the story of the origins and workings of The Bank of England and its intricate relationship with the unique ecosystem of the City of London.
Prosperity: An Aristotelian Legacy
Monday, 19 September 2016
In this essay, Legatum Institute Senior Adviser Hywel Williams reflects on the Aristotelian roots of the conception of prosperity and its link with human flourishing. The essay also explores the conceptual structures of Aristotelian thought on eudaimonia and teases out the unique differences between prevailing notions of prosperity and Aristotle’s contribution to our understanding of human flourishing.
Brexit: What the Law Says
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
In conversation with Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute, legal scholars Geoffrey Robertson and Catherine Barnard, and political scientist Alan Renwick clarified what the law says about the UK’s future path following the outcome of the EU Referendum.
Britain and Europe: Culture, Country or Continent?
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
The Legatum Institute's 'Roads to Freedom' Series hosted a panel discussion ahead of the UK’s forthcoming EU Referendum that offered a fresh perspective through analysing Britain's relationship with continental Europe in the context of a thousand years of history.
Think the Unthinkable
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Julia Peyton-Jones, Director of the Serpentine Gallery for 25 years, discussed her experiences at the helm of one of the most successful public contemporary galleries in the world, in particular with the ground-breaking Pavilions project. She has always insisted on thinking the unthinkable; “one of the things about running an institution that is incredibly small is that you have to be very creative about how you use it,” she said.
Putting Beauty into the Politics of Prosperity
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
The Legatum Institute hosted a discussion with Fiona Reynolds, to launch her new book, 'The Fight for Beauty', which makes the case for beauty as a very real, human need rather than an idealistic or elitist aesthetic. She was joined by Oliver Letwin, MP for West Dorset and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital, Enriched the World
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
What makes us better off? Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of History, Economics, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, delivered a lecture that argued ideas, rather than capital, play a crucial role.
The Urban Escalator
Thursday, 10 September 2015
Why are some cities surrounded by slums and riddled with crime, while others are affluent, ordered and desirable places to live? In a new paper for the Legatum Institute, urban consultant James Fischelis looks at why certain cities have met the urban influx with great success, whereas others continue on a downward spiral.
Heritage as a National Asset
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England, delivered a lecture explaining why we should rethink the management of our heritage, and approach it as we would any long-term asset.
How Churchill Learnt to Love the Free Market
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Andrew Roberts, historian, author and presenter, gave an insightful commentary on the development of Churchill’s support of the free market, one of the less-studied facets of his well-documented career.
Can Architecture be (Im)Moral?
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
As part of the Legatum Institute's Architecture of Prosperity series, architect Charlotte Skene Catling shared her thoughts on why entrepreneurial architects matter in policy and how they can contribute to lasting prosperity as we grow our cities.
The Age of Plunder: How We Traded Africa
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
As part of the Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series, Bronwen Everill, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Kings College London, gave a lecture on the Royal African Company and Atlantic commercial enterprise in the 18th century.
Capitalism Question Time
Thursday, 23 April 2015
In conversation with Hywel Williams, and an invited audience, Victoria Bateman, Benedikt Koehler and Nicholas Crafts, the illustrious historians who contributed to the 2014 History of Capitalism series, retraced and further investigated various questions on the evolution of capitalism—past, present and future.
How To Be Dutch, the Modern Way
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
The latest History of Capitalism event hosted Maarten Prak, Chair of Economic and Social History at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), for a lecture on why the Dutch Republic flourished in the 17th century.
Is the Modern State Killing Scientific Creativity?
Thursday, 19 March 2015
As part of its Roads to Freedom series, the Legatum Institute convened a seminar on 'Venture Research'. Topics for debate included whether the state is encouraging—or stunting—creative science research and how scientists might source funds to pursue their endeavours.
Global Trade: The Beginnings
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
In the latest History of Capitalism lecture, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, discussed the role of merchants from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and the ways in which they fostered the roots of global trade.
Rome’s Economic Revolution
Thursday, 15 January 2015
In the first History of Capitalism lecture of 2015, Philip Kay, Supernumerary at Wolfson College (Oxford) and Head of Asia at City Financial, detailed the economic developments of Republican Rome between the war against Hannibal (218 to 201 BC) and Julius Caesar’s dictatorship in the middle of the first century BC.
Industrialisation: Why Britain Got There First
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
In the final 2014 lecture in the History of Capitalism series, the Legatum Institute hosted Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economics and Economic History and the Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, who explored the question of why Britain was the first country in the world to experience the transition to an industrialised economy.
Magna Carta—800 Years On
Thursday, 20 November 2014
In anticipation of 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Legatum Institute hosted a half-day seminar on the international history and present day realities of constitutions and constitution building. Those present at the roundtable included constitutional, legal and history experts, policy-makers, business leaders and those involved with Magna Carta legacy projects.
The Future of the Union
Monday, 10 November 2014
In the wake of the Scottish referendum and as the Smith Commission prepares its recommendations for further devolution in Scotland, the Legatum Institute convened a livestreamed conference on the future of the United Kingdom’s constitutional arrangements.
What is Suburbia?
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, joined architects, urban planners and sociologists to explore the suburbs as part of the Legatum Institute’s 'Architecture of Prosperity' series. ‘London and the Evolution of Suburbia’ examined the past, present and future of suburbia, and its role in effective urbanisation and regeneration policies.
What if Nike Controlled Brazil?
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Imagine a corporation growing unchecked, and morphing into the most powerful commercial operation in the world, holding even governments to ransom. Professor Huw Bowen, pre-eminent scholar of the East India Company, explained how this hypothetical scenario became reality in 18th and 19th century England.
A Global Transition: From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic
Thursday, 15 May 2014
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, delivered a lecture exploring how European trade, and distinctive business practices, spread westwards along the coasts of the Mediterranean, both Christian and Islamic, to become a global phenomenon.
The Nationalisation of Language
Thursday, 8 May 2014
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Roads to Freedom' series, author and columnist Simon Heffer delivered a lecture on 'The Nationalisation of Language', arguing that the expansion of state control in the years after 1945 also witnessed an insidious subversion of English usage.
Prosperity, Community and Identity: The Built Environment and Creative Capacity
Thursday, 24 April 2014
To inaugurate its 'Architecture of Prosperity' series, the Legatum Institute convened a seminar on Prosperity, Community and Identity: the built environment and creative capacity, which brought together a range of experts and practitioners from the worlds of architecture, planning, politics, academia and mental health. UK Minister for Planning, Nick Boles, served as guest speaker.
Portraiture and the Patron
Thursday, 6 March 2014
The Legatum Institute hosted Philip Mould OBE, leading British art dealer and art historian, for a closed discussion on how wealthy patrons have influenced, shaped and inspired great paintings over the centuries.
Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism
Thursday, 20 February 2014
As part of a new three-year 'History of Capitalism' course, historian and former banker Benedikt Koehler, delivered an inaugural lecture based on his forthcoming book, Early Islam and the Origins of Capitalism.
Prosperity on the Edge: A Mayfair Salon Evening in 1913
Friday, 15 November 2013
An evening of readings, music and commentary to recreate a salon evening in Mayfair as autumn moved towards winter in the year 1913. Hosted as part of the Legatum Institute's current Salon Series.
Prosperity On The Edge: A Century of Chanel
Thursday, 17 October 2013
As part of the Legatum Institute's latest Salon Series 'Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace', Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief at 'Harper's Bazaar UK', discussed how designer Coco Chanel's entrepreneurial rise to fame in 1913 created an explosive impact that continues to reverberate today.
Prosperity On The Edge: Sir Edward Grey and the Crisis of July 1914
Thursday, 26 September 2013
As part of the Legatum Institute's latest Salon Series 'Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace' King's College London Professor Vernon Bogdanor examined the role and contribution of the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, in the last months of peace.
The Art of Peace and War 1953-2013
Thursday, 20 June 2013
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, Lieutenant-General Simon Mayall, Senior Adviser Middle East, Ministry of Defence, discussed the intellectual and cultural context of military strategy and warfare.
Women On Stage: Theatre, Liberty, and Prosperity
Thursday, 23 May 2013
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, Dame Harriet Walter, one of Britain's leading actors, discussed the interpretation of female roles and what it tells us about social progress and prosperity.
The Changing Face of Royal Portraiture
Thursday, 14 March 2013
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series of lectures, the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, will discuss the different ways in which Her Majesty the Queen has been viewed by artists in the course of her reign and how these portrayals record a constant evolution in the Sovereign's relationship to her subjects.
Poetic Enterprise and the Flourishing Society
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Is the relationship between the poetic imagination and the world of public events likely to be unusually vital when society as a whole is flourishing, enterprising and creative? An evening of readings and discussion.
Summer School Class of 2012 Announced
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Finalists were selected from hundreds of global applicants based on professional accomplishments and a commitment to exploring cross-disciplinary solutions to current global challenges.