On October 16,1834 the king and queen in Windsor and stagecoach passengers as far away as the South Downs saw the London sky lit up by an enormous blaze as a huge fireball exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament. This lecture leads us step by step, hour by hour, through events that destroyed parliament’s glorious building and contents. Contemporary depictions by Turner, William Heath and others preserve the horror experienced by thousands of witnesses.
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Members do not need to book. Visitors are welcome for a charge of £7 payable on the door
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
Dr Caroline Shenton
Dr Caroline Shenton is an archivist and historian. She was formerly Director of the Parliamentary Archives in London, and before that was a senior archivist at the National Archives. Her book The Day Parliament Burned Down won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 and Mary Beard called it ‘microhistory at its absolute best’. Its acclaimed sequel, Mr Barry’s War, about the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster, was a Book of the Year in 2016 for The Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazine and was described by Lucy Worsley as "a real jewel, finely wrought and beautiful". Caroline was Political Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library in 2017, has appeared at the Cheltenham, Hay and Henley literary festivals and on BBC radio and TV. Caroline’s third book, National Treasures, will tell the extraordinary and sometimes hilarious stories behind the saving of London’s art and museum collections in World War Two.