The Centre was founded in 1977 (it was previously known as the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics) and is the oldest national bioethics research centre in the UK, and one of the oldest in the world.
It was established by the bishops of England and Wales in 1977 and exists to serve the Catholic Church and the common good in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. For many years it was known as the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics. The change of name honours Elizabeth Anscombe, a great Catholic philosopher, who taught in Oxford and Cambridge, debated with CS Lewis, studied with Wittgenstein, and was well known for her defence of human life. She died in 2001.
The name was changed when the Centre moved to Oxford in 2010. This move will bring the Centre into closer contact with the most advanced academic research in the world and will help the Centre have a strategic influence in the United Kingdom and beyond. However, these exciting possibilities also involve greater costs to the Centre, not least the cost of a new building. Please see the 'Support Us' section if think you can help.