Sidney Ball Memorial Lectures

Barnett House instituted a special annual lecture soon after it was founded in 1914. The first Barnett House lecture was given in 1917 and published as the Barnett House Papers No 1 by Oxford University Press in the same year. Sidney Ball, chairman of the Barnett House Committee died in March 1918. A memorial endowment was established in his name and the first Sidney Ball Memorial lecture was delivered on 1 December 1920 by the Right Hon. Sir Horace Plunkett.


The 2017 lecture will be given at 5pm on Thursday 26 October at Lady Margaret Hall by 

David Spiegelhalter 

Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge

Why should we have trust in numbers? 
Making evidence more reliable, and empowering people to check it


More information on the Lecture series, including PDFs of early lectures and podcasts of more recent lectures is available.