Archive of the Month

This series of short articles explores key themes and events in the history of the Middle Temple, through the presentation and discussion of material from the Inn's historic collections, including archival documents, paintings, silverware and other artefacts.



  • June: Royalty and the Inn - Illustrating the Inn's well-established and ongoing royal connections, looking at records and objects including a disgruntled letter from King Charles I and a unique silver bowl.
  • July: Middle Temple Gardens - Looking into the rich history of the Inn's gardens, from their 17th Century development to the splendours and privations of the 1930s and 1940s.
  • September: Food and Dining at the Inn - Exploring the role food has played throughout the Inn's history, from eighteenth century disputes over venison pasties to the Grand Day dinners of today.
  • October: Imbibing at the Inn - Looking at the purchase, enjoyment and effects of wine, beer and liquor at the Inn, from the 'Sack' and 'Lisbone' wines served to the Benchers in the 1740s to the misdemeanours of students and staff alike over the centuries.
  • November: Seventeenth Century Temple Church Silver and the Middle Temple - Taking a closer look at the Temple Church silver, in the context of the religious and political conflicts of the seventeenth century.
  • December: Christmas Revels & Masques - Exploring the rich traditions of Christmas revels and courtly masques at the Inn, from sixteenth-century misbehaviour to singing Treasurers in the 1970s.





Middle Temple Gate and Temple Bar, c1800