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.
To find out more about your local branch, please select the city/region nearest to you from the filter above.
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Branch events across the country
Zoom event: Philosopher Professor Cheshire Calhoun explores the meaning and importance of civility
What is civility? Why does it matter? And what is its place in an ever-changing world? On Thursday, 28 January at 7.30pm, Professor Cheshire Calhoun, CLAS Trustee Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University, will consider these questions in what promises to be a fascinating evening. A Q&A led by…
Zoom event: From Brycgstow to Bristol in 45 Bridges
Bristol & Somerset
ESU Bristol branch invites you to an evening with Jeff Lucas to explore the Bridges of Bristol Bristol has 45 bridges that span its main waterways that can be crossed by foot. Each has a story to tell about the history and growth of the city, from the city’s origins…