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Thank-Offering to Britain Fund Lectures

In 1965 the proceeds of a ‘Thank-you Britain’ appeal, initiated by the Association of Jewish Refugees, were presented to the British Academy as a token of gratitude from the people who had sought refuge in this country from the oppression of the Nazis. One of the uses of the fund was to hold a series of lectures on topics of current interest.

The Thank-Offering to Britain Fund Lecture was first held in 1966. From 1974 to 1980, each lecturer gave a series of three lectures (subsequently published in book form). The last lecture was delivered in 2004.

2004  The Future of Our Universities, by Lord Moser (text | audio)

2002  Human Rights: Have the Public Benefited? by The Right Honourable Lord Woolf (text)

2000  The Law: an Engine for Trade, by The Right Honourable the Lord Irvine of Lairg (text)

1998  Poverty, Social Exclusion and the British Empirical Tradition, by A B Atkinson

1995  Prosperity, Civility and Liberty: Can We Square the Circle? by Ralf Dahrendorf (text)

1994  Historical Tradition and German War, Hugh Trevor-Roper

1988  The Growth of British Art History and its Debts to Europe, by Francis Haskell (text)

1987  Strategy in the Twentieth Century, by Lord Carver (text)

1985  Between Two Worlds: The Psycho-analytic Psychology of Adaptation, Joseph Sandler

1984  Ireland's British Heritage, Conor Cruise O'Brien

1981  Language and National Consciousness, by Hugh Seton-Watson (text)

1980  Churchill’s Political Philosophy, by Martin Gilbert (book, out of print)

1978  Labour Relations: Heritage and Adjustment, by Sir Otto Kahn-Freund (book, out of print)

1976  Two Theories of Morality, by Stuart Hampshire (book)

1974  The Office of Prime Minister, by Lord Blake (book)

1973  The Lion and the Ostrich, by Arthur Koestler (text)

1972  British Foreign Policy since 1945, by Roy Jenkins (text)

1971  Censorship and the Limits of Permission, by Jonathan Miller (text)

1970  The Role and Character of the Civil Service, by Sir William Armstrong (text)

1969  The Academic Profession, by Eric Ashby (text)

1968  Erosions of Personal Freedom in a Modern Society, by Lord Goodman (text)

1967  The Trade Union and the Common Weal, by Henry Phelps Brown (text)

1966  Of Academic Freedom, by Lord Robbins (text)