St Mary-le-Bow public debates

Number of items in collection: 619

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Recordings in this collection are available for Higher and Further Education institutions only.

At one o’clock every Tuesday lunchtime for fifteen years (1964-1979), Joseph McCulloch, the Rector of St Mary-le-Bow Church in the City of London, invited a well-known public figure to debate an issue of the day. Popular amongst city workers, guests included Enoch Powell on race, Diana Rigg on single parentage, A J Ayer on moral responsibility, Edna O’Brien on fear, and Germaine Greer on free will.

Oral history recordings provide valuable first-hand testimony of the past.  The views and opinions expressed in oral history interviews are those of the interviewees, who describe events from their own perspective.  The interviews are historical documents and their language, tone and content might in some cases reflect attitudes that could cause offence in today’s society.

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