Speakers’ Corner Projects

The Speakers’ Corner project originates in the establishment in Prague in 2004 of the first Speakers’ Corner on mainland Europe. It was the brainchild of Euan Edworthy, a British businessman based in the Czech capital, supported by Peter Bradley, then the MP for The Wrekin. The success of that initiative and the interest it generated around the world led to the founding of Speakers’ Corner Trust.

To date, SCT has focussed its energies on its UK programme. However, work funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has now begun on its first major international project in Nigeria.

  • Get Involved – Start Your Own Project!

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    You don’t need SCT to start a Speakers’ Corner project – though we’d be happy to help if we can. On the Guidance page you’ll find a wide range of advice notes which we hope will be useful, including a number which should help you get started.

  • UK Projects

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    SCT’s UK pilot was launched in Nottingham in February 2008 and inaugurated by the Justice Secretary Jack Straw in February 2009. Its second UK project was launched in Lichfield in May 2009 with more following in Bristol, the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Lincoln, Herefordshire and Leicester and still more under development or in the pipeline.

  • International Projects

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    The involvement of two of SCT’s founding Trustees in the creation of a Speakers’ Corner in Prague, inaugurated in 2004 by the Czech Foreign Minister and the UK’s Minister for Europe on the fifteenth anniverasry of the start of the Velvet Revolution, predates the founding of Speakers’ Corner Trust. However, work is now under way on a national Speakers’ Corner project in Nigeria, the first initiative in SCT’s international programme.

  • Special Initiatives

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    SCT has formed a number of partnerships with major organisations through which it is able to pursue in special initiatives which it could not undertake alone. It has, for example, worked with the Southbank Centre on the production of ‘Speaking Out’, a download designed to provide an introduction to the basic skills required for speaking in public, and with Central St Martins College of Art & Design, part of the University of the Arts London, on the design of prototype Speakers’ Corners.

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