An evening with David Olusoga

Fellowship Event / An evening with...

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RSA House, 8 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6EZ

  • Fellowship

Join us for a special evening with guest speaker, the historian and broadcaster David Olusoga, and a menu designed and prepared by renowned chef Mark Greenaway. 

We are delighted to launch an exciting series of ‘An evening with...’ events. Come together with Fellows and friends for insightful perspectives, fascinating conversation and delicious food and drink in the inspiring setting of RSA House. Each event will feature an eminent guest in conversation with Andy Haldane, our CEO, accompanied by a meal curated and cooked by a celebrated chef.

Our series will run as follows:

  • 3 October 2022 - Guest speaker: Dame Prue Leith, DBE | Chef: Ollie Dabbous
  • 22 November 2022 - Guest speaker: Gary Kemp | Chef: Will Bowlby
  • 24 January 2023 - Inua Ellams FRSL | Chef: José Pizarro
  • 8 February 2023 - David Olusoga OBE | Chef: Mark Greenaway
  • 12 June 2023 - Rt Hon Lord Mandelson (Coming soon)

On Wednesday 8 February, we welcome guest speaker and RSA Fellow David Olusoga OBE, Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester. David is also an author and columnist, film-maker and presenter of documentaries including the award-winning BBC series Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners. David specialises in studying the British Empire and how different communities experience its lasting effects in modern society. In 2019, David was awarded an OBE for services to history and community integration, and he is also a recipient of the British Academy’s President’s Medal and the Norton Medlicott Medal For Services to History. 

The event will begin with prosecco or soft drinks on arrival for all guests, before moving to the historic Great Room for a meal specially curated by chef Mark Greenaway.

Mark Greenaway opened his first award-winning restaurant in Edinburgh in 2013, finding inspiration through using the best Scottish seasonal and local produce, experimenting with flavours, and applying modern techniques to transform simple ingredients into something unique. In 2019, he opened Grazing by Mark Greenaway in Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Pivot, opened in 2021, can be found in Covent Garden at charming townhouse 3 Henrietta Street, offering a playful yet refined take on British classics. Mark has received an array of awards and accolades, embraced exciting opportunities to present his cooking around the world, and made numerous TV appearances.


  • Home cured halibut fillet with buttermilk dressing, samphire, hazelnuts and brown butter crumble
  • Creedy Carver duck breast, Leg “Savoy Cabbage Pancake”, salsify and orange jus
  • Carrot cake “tube” with cream cheese ice cream, lemon and walnut
  • Coffee and Petits Fours 

Dietary requirements and allergies will be catered for. We cannot guarantee total absence of allergen traces.

Places are open to everybody, within and beyond our Fellowship community. Numbers are limited and tickets must be booked in advance.

Image of David Olusoga, credit to Karen Robinson.

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