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Gresham’s Exchange

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


A Gresham College lecture by Professor Stephen Alford

‘Go to the Exchange, crave gold as you intend.’ (William Haughton, Englishmen for My Money, 1598).

Sir Thomas Gresham’s first great contribution to the life of London was the Royal Exchange, the purpose-built merchants’ bourse which opened in 1567.

Why did Gresham finance and build it? What did Londoners (and others) do there? And what does the Exchange tell us about Gresham’s ambitions both for himself and for London?

Professor Stephen Alford is a British historian and academic. He has been Professor of Early Modern British history at the University of Leeds since 2012.

No reservations are required for this free lecture, which takes place in the lecture hall of the Museum of London. It is run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Gresham College was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham, and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years. It was the first ‘university’ in England besides Oxford and Cambridge, making it London’s oldest higher education institution still in existence today. It does not enrol any students, and awards no degrees.

The College has been recording its lectures since the 1980s and there are now over 1,900 lectures freely available online in text, audio or video formats. The provision of this free online archive of lectures aligns with its founding principles of accessible free education for all.

Further information on the Gresham College website


May 8
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Gresham College


Museum of London
150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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020 7001 9844