Sir Evelyn Wrench was an entrepreneur, forward thinker and explorer, founding the Royal Over-Seas League in 1910 to broaden international friendship and importantly to encourage strong debate over the world's most thought provoking questions and hard-hitting issues.
While Overseas Journal was dedicated to sharing ROSL's ideals. Wrench's monthly letter which opened each edition, demonstrated his and ROSL members' breadth of interests in and passion for current affairs both at home and across the Commonwealth. The clubhouses provided the location for members groups to explore these interests further. The Discussion Circle was first established by member volunteers in 1941 and invited guest speakers from the political and literary world to speak to members at the club.The 1990s and early 2000s saw the Discussion Group as it was then known, regularly attracting top names, such as Kate Adie, Terry Waite, Dr Charles Saumarez Smith (Director of the National Gallery), General Sir Michael Rose, Mark Byford (Deputy Director-General, BBC) and The Rt Hon the Baroness Amos.
Members expressed a desire to reinstate a programme of intellectual and topical talks that bring together societies and cultures for discussion, contemplation and learning - the core of Evelyn Wrench's philosophy for the club.
The newly launched Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series encompasses all topic, from politics, to the arts, science to culture, environmental issues to international relations and much more. ROSL aims to delve into these issues by inviting prestigious and distinguished guest to speak, argue and inform audiences on these central ideas and issues - and the audience are encouraged to pose questions to the panellists. Each event begins with a networking champagne reception, and for those who would like to continue the debate are able to do so over supper.
|14 July 2016||The Arts the UK: A vision for the future
Panellists Alex Beard, Royal Opera House CEO, Christopher le Brun, President of the RA and Frances Morris, Director Tate Modern discussed the real opportunities and threats faced by arts and cultural institutions. They explained how these issues shaped the evolution of the their organisations - from funding and audience development - and painted their vision for how the arts in the UK and beyond will develop in years to come.
|11 October 2016||
Brexit: What happens next?
Panellists Sir Peter Marshall KCMG CVO, Dr Amelia Hadfield, Rupert Potter, former diplomat and current Director UK of the British Canadian Business Association and moderator Michael McKay, an independent communications and public affairs consultant all had a lively debate on the effects of Brexit. The panel explored the diplomatic and economic consequences of the UK's exit from Europe, and what this will mean for the individual, the country and the Commonwealth.
|19 January 2017||
The Ethics of Professionalism
A dialogue between The Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder, Lord Justice of Appeal and His Honour Judge Cryan. Our legal experts compared and contrasted the principles on the which ethical discussions are made by professionals in the judiciary and those by other professions including the medical, teaching and legal professions and the armed services.