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The English-Speaking Union was founded as a membership organisation, bringing together those who share a belief that better communication makes for better global understanding. Today, we have over 5,000 members in 36 regional branches across England and Wales who meet to socialise, gain new perspectives on the world and to help organise and raise funds for our educational work.

We are hugely grateful to our branches, which are central to the running of our Public Speaking and Performing Shakespeare competitions. Some also run their own, complementary, oracy programmes and many choose to sponsor local schools to take part in our Discover Debating programme or Discover Your Voice workshops.

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London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London branch Zoom event: The Lost Portrait of Charles Dickens

London

ESU London branch invites you to an evening with Dickens’s great-great-great-granddaughter, art historian and author Lucinda Hawksley. In 1843, the Scottish artist Margaret Gillies painted a remarkable portrait of Charles Dickens – a painting that captured the author at the time he was writing A Christmas Carol. The portrait was…

London branch Zoom event: The Lost Portrait of Charles Dickens

London

ESU London branch invites you to an evening with Dickens’s great-great-great-granddaughter, art historian and author Lucinda Hawksley. In 1843, the Scottish artist Margaret Gillies painted a remarkable portrait of Charles Dickens – a painting that captured the author at the time he was writing A Christmas Carol. The…

SAVE THE DATE: ESU Churchill Public Speaking grand final

London

More details soon.

Zoom event: In conversation with Baroness Prashar of Runnymede

London

The Rt Hon. the Baroness Prashar CBE is a crossbench life peer who has sat under this title in the Lords since 26 July 1999. She was the first Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission, first Civil Service Commissioner, formerly Director of the Runnymede Trust and the National Council for…

The Cold War & Beyond

Lincoln & Lincolnshire

Former British Ambassador to Russia, Sir Roderic Lyne joins the English-Speaking Union Lincolnshire Committee’s John Raine in conversation to talk about his varied and distinguished career and insight into current relationships at 6pm on Thursday, 13 May 2021 on Zoom. The event is free – please email Kelly Bevers for…

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

Lincolnshire Branch: Summer reception

Lincoln & Lincolnshire

Once again James and Claire Birch have very kindly agreed to host the Lincolnshire branch Summer evening reception at Doddington Hall on Tuesday, 22 June. Members and supporters will be able to preview the magnificent new collection of military uniforms dating back a century or more as well as enjoy…

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

ESU Members' Event: Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords

London

Lord Ian Duncan of Springbank, Honorary President of the English-Speaking Union in Scotland, invites ESU members and their guests to afternoon tea at the House of Lords in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the ESU Churchill public speaking competition. The event will take…

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

SAVE THE DATE: ESU Evelyn Wrench with Mary McAleese

London

We are delighted to announce that the ESU 2021 Evelyn Wrench lecture will be delivered by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese.

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

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