Jonathan Sumption on “The New Roundheads: Politics and the Misuse of History”, and In Conversation with John Simpson

The Pharos Lectures are an ongoing series of free public lectures and conversations delivered by the most distinguished public intellectuals. Like their namesake, the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria, they are intended to serve as a beacon and invitation to learning in a darkening age.










Jonathan Sumption is a renowned historian and former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Four instalments of his critically acclaimed history of the Hundred Years’ War have been published between 1990 and 2015, all by Faber & Faber. The fifth and final volume, Triumph and Illusion, will follow in late 2023.

John Simpson CBE is an English foreign correspondent and world affairs editor of BBC News. He has reported from over 120 countries and is the author of many acclaimed works of non-fiction and novels, the most recent of which is Our Friends in Beijing (John Murray, 2021)

Ticket Information

FREE Admission

Doors open at 16:30 ready for 17:00 start

No late comers permitted

Running time of 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Suitable for all ages