Scruton Lecture: Why Statues Fall: The Primordiality of Iconoclasm - Alexander Stoddart (In Conversation with Sir Simon Jenkins and Paul Lay)

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Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020) was one of the most distinguished polymaths of modern times. His work ranged over philosophy, music and aesthetics to politics, religion and law. This annual series of free public lectures will honour his legacy by inviting eminent public intellectuals to speak on four topics of civilisational importance.

Alexander Stoddart FRSE is a world-renowned sculptor, art critic and Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland. In 2008 he was appointed as Her Majesty The Queen’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland and is now His Majesty The King’s Sculptor in Ordinary. He lives and works in Paisley, Scotland. Stoddart’s large-scale monumental statuary is to be found most notably in Edinburgh and the United States of America.


Sir Simon Jenkins is an eminent editor, author and journalist. He was editor of the Evening Standard from 1976-78 and The Times from 1990-92. He has broadcast with the BBC and currently writes a twice-weekly column for The Guardian. He was knighted for services to journalism in 2004 and was chair of the National Trust between 2008-14. Jenkins is the author of over twenty books including England's Thousand Best Houses (Allen Lane, 2003), England's Hundred Best Views (Profile, 2013) and, most recently, Cathedrals: Masterpieces of Architecture, Feats of Engineering, Icons of Faith (Rizzoli, 2022).


Paul Lay is a highly distinguished historian, author and critic. He is Senior Editor at Engelsberg Ideas. He is a former editor of History Today, reviews for The Times, the Telegraph and Literary Review, and is the author of Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate (Head of Zeus, 2020), which was shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize.

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Free to attend however registration needed in advance!


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All ages welcome

Doors will open from 16:30

Running time: 17:00-18:30

No latecomers permitted