The Friends of Milton’s Cottage are pleased to present:

9th Annual Milton Lecture

‘Milton’s Readers: Fit Audience though Few?’

Professor Hugh Adlington, University of Birmingham

Poets, politicians, artists, musicians and even scientists have been inspired by Milton’s writing, and in numbers far exceeding the ‘few’ Milton himself anticipated. 

Why Milton has mattered so much to so many for so long – and continues to do so – is the subject of this lecture, which also looks at the intriguing story of Milton’s ordinary or non-elite readers. 

It will present fresh archival evidence of the remarkable and often unexpected cultural reach of Milton’s art and thought.

6 pm, Wednesday 19 February 2020

Mercers’ Hall, Ironmonger Lane, EC2V 8HE (Tube: St Paul’s or Bank)

Wine & canapes served; suggested donation £10 / £5 for students.

Reservation essential: Call 01895 831774 or email

Milton lecture poster 2020 can be downloaded here.