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QUIDAM in discussion: Cradle to Grave

6th December 2018 @ 8:15 pm

Cradle to Grave: The Five Giants

The second series of our ‘Quidam In Discussion’ talks on Thursday evenings will examine ‘the five giants’ that Sir William Beveridge (echoing Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress) identified in his 1943 report for post-war governments to slay: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease, beginning with a talk and discussion lead by Nicholas Timmins.

Nicholas Timmins was Public Policy Editor for The Financial Times from 1996-2012 and is the author of The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State (3rd edition, William Collins 2017). Nicholas will open the series for us with his own overview of the welfare state. He will cover the early obstacles, later successes, as well as set-backs, and he will assess the importance of its essential components – health, education, social security and housing – for us as a nation today. His acclaimed biography of the welfare state, published in 1995, was revised in 2005 and again in 2017, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Beveridge and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the NHS. Nicholas will be happy to answer questions and sign copies of his book after the talk. 

Students free. Adults – a £10 donation is welcomed to cover expenses. Refreshments will be available.

The now famous Carpenter’s Arms steak, salad and chips supper deal will be available on the night from 6.30pm. Price £15 This will need to be booked in advance. Please call 020 8741 8386.



6th December 2018
8:15 pm


St Peter’s Church, Hammersmith
Black Lion Ln
London, W6 9BE United Kingdom


David Broad