Rathbones Virtual Events 2021

Welcome to our 2021 virtual events programme, allowing you to enjoy Rathbones events from the comfort of your own home.

We will be inviting authors, journalists, gallery curators and luxury brands to talk to us on an array of topics from property to climate change and we look forward to meeting you virtually.

Okinawa: The Battle and the Bomb
A talk by Saul David
Wednesday 24 February, 18:00 – 19:00

Just over 75 years ago, on April 1 1945, American troops invaded the 70-mile long island of Okinawa in the largest amphibious operation of the Pacific War. Historian Saul David, author of a new book on the battle, Crucible of Hell, explains the key moments of this last great clash of the Second World War, and one that would have profound consequences for the modern world.

Saul David is a military historian, novelist and broadcaster. His non-fiction books include The Indian Mutiny (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year), and Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport (an Amazon History Book of the Year, and the basis for the 2018 feature film Entebbe). His latest book, Crucible of Hell: Okinawa - The Last Great Battle of the Second World War, was published in the spring of 2020. Antony Beevor called it an 'Excellent...gripping narrative', and a 5-star review in the Daily Telegraph described Saul as ‘peerless now among our military historians’. Crucible of Hell was an Amazom.com History Book of the Month and a Times/Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph History Book of the Year.

On demand coming soon

Earth convention webinar: natural capital, biodiversity and oceans
Wednesday 10 March, 18:00 - 19:00

Biodiversity - crucial to human, economic and planetary health - is declining faster than at any time in human history. It is thought that one million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction. How has this happened, what are the consequences and what can be done? The challenge is urgent; how can we properly value, protect and restore the planet and its eco-systems - from oceans to rainforests, coral reefs to savannas? And what can we do as individuals, citizens and investors? What economic models can we turn to- for example, how useful is the concept of natural capital? Should we be paying for biodiversity’s services to the planet? What is the role and power of the law and what are the models for sustaining nature in partnership with communities, government or tourism? What responsibility do governments, businesses and individuals have in maintaining biodiversity and natural capital for future generations?


Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta is a professor of economics at Cambridge and the author of the Dasgupta Review, a major report published in February 2021. Commissioned by the UK Treasury, it is a global independent review of the economics of biodiversity, bringing economics and ecology together

Dr Gabrielle Walker is an expert strategist, speaker and moderator, with a focus on sustainability and climate change and their impacts on the energy, finance and transportation sectors. She has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton Universities

Tony Juniper CBE is Chair of the official nature conservation agency Natural England. Before taking up this role in April 2019 he was the executive director for advocacy and campaigns at WWF-UK, a fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and president of the Wildlife Trusts

Chaired by Rosie Boycott, crossbench peer, food campaigner, and co-founder of 5x15

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Earth convention webinar: sustainable cities  
Wednesday 14 April, 18:00 - 19:00

From London to Singapore, Los Angeles to Shanghai, around the world cities are organising themselves in new ways to confront the challenge of climate change. In this session we explore which cities across the world are taking the greenest initiatives and showing the most promise. In the aftermath of COVID19 we see new patterns of work and commuting. What is the future of office spaces? How can green buildings and architecture, be a part of developing the materials and designs of the future? How are citizens organising and working in partnership with city government, civil society and business? How is transport changing, both cars (reducing) and public transport (increasing)? How is the concept of public spaces evolving? And how are cities organising amongst themselves to lead climate action internationally? What role do governments, businesses and individuals have in helping to shape a sustainable future for cities?

(Speakers tbc) 

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Property predictions webinar
Welcome to the 2021 Knight Frank Wealth Report
Tuesday 20 April, 18:00 - 19:00

We’ve never experienced a year like 2020, its effects already apparent in 2021. While we hope to venture out freely sometime soon, there are questions for us to reflect on: 

Where is the home we travel from situated?  Will we still commute and work from an office location?  What will our commercial and retail map look like?  The UK property landscape and its subsequent forecast collectively reflects the answers to many of these questions and in doing so many of societies other trends too.

We invite you to join Liam Bailey, Global Head of Research at Knight Frank to share insights from the 2021 Wealth Report and discuss how property is expected to perform in 22 cities across the world, with Shanghai and Cape Town leading the forecast. 

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Chanel – From adversity comes creativity
Wednesday 12 May, 18:00 - 19:00

Former Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town and Country, Justine Picardie joins us to discuss her biography of Coco Chanel - the legend and the life.  The story of Chanel continues to resonate through to today, especially in these troubled times, due to her everlasting spirit of independence and modernity. Her career spanned two world wars, the Wall Street Crash, the Great Depression, and Chanel met each of these challenges with her signature determination, turning adversity into creative brilliance. At a time when we are considering how to rebuild after the global pandemic, Coco Chanel’s legendary past still offers illuminating clues to the future.  

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