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Sir Thomas Gresham, London and Europe

January 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


A Gresham lecture by Dr Ian Archer

To celebrate the 500th anniversay of Sir Thomas Gresham, Gresham College is organising a series of talks about its founder and benefator, entitled Tudor Festival: Sir Thomas Gresham and his World.

London was crucially dependent on continental Europe for its economic resilience in the mid-sixteenth century, and Sir Thomas Gresham’s fortune piggy-backed off the special relationship with Antwerp. But the Reformation put the relationship under real strain. This wasn’t a sixteenth-century Brexit (the division was within Christendom), but it posed similar challenges. How did England cope?

Dr Ian Archer is Lecturer in Modern History and Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford

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.

Details of 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.


January 9
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Gresham College


Museum of London
150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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