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The Leconfield Lecture is named after the first Chairman of the British-Italian Society. Hugh Wyndham, who was Chairman for 12 years in the 1940s and 1950s, became Lord Leconfield in 1952. After Lord Leconfield’s death in 1963, Sir Ashley Clarke, then chairman of the Society, inaugurated this series of annual lectures in his honour. Ever since, the Leconfield Lecture has been the main event in the Society’s annual calendar, and has always been given by a speaker of particular distinction.