November 2019

Study Day - Houses of Parliament

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 10:30
The Civic Centre
Long Lane Carlton-in-Lindrick S81 9AP

From fire to rebuilding, and bombing to restoration: the story of a British icon over 1000 years

With epic restoration of the Palace of Westminster in the news, this highly topical study day covers a thousand years of the history, art and architecture of Britain's most famous building: from the disastrous fire of 1834, through the rebuilding of Barry & Pugin's new Palace, to the damage of the Second World War and finishing with an update on the current multi-billion pound proposals to restore the Palace for the 21st century.  


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.