16
September 2019

Packing up the Nation

The Arts Society Maidenhead
Monday, September 16, 2019 - 11:30
Norden Farm Arts Centre
Altwood Road Maidenhead SL6 4PF

As Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel to threaten these islands, men and women from London’s national museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to send their collections to safety. 

As Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel to threaten these islands, men and women from London’s national museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to send their collections to safety. Utilising country houses from Buckinghamshire to Cumbria, tube tunnels, Welsh mines and Wiltshire quarries a dedicated team of unlikely heroes packed up their greatest treasures in just a few weeks during the sweltering summer of 193, despatching them throughout the country on a series of wartime adventures. In her lecture, Caroline Shenton tells what happens next.in Hindu temples, illustrate how human and divine forms have been enriched by this shimmering material.

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.