Free to full-time students
Doors open 8pm TOKE’S Bar
Caroline Shenton’s illustrated account of how the brilliant classical architect Charles Barry won the competition to build a new Houses of Parliament after the fire of 1834; and how his chance of a lifetime turned into the most nightmarish building programme of the century. Rallying the genius of his collaborator Augustus Pugin, the interior demanded spectacular new Gothic features not seen since the Middle Ages. The quarter of a mile river frontage was constructed in the treacherous currents of the Thames, and its gigantic towers required feats of civil engineering and building technology never used before.
‘An achievement as intricate and splendid as Mr Barry’s own’ Lucy Worsley
‘beautifully crafted…politics laid on with a mason’s trowel’ Lord Michael Dobbs
Caroline Shenton was Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster from 2008 to 2014, and prior to that was a senior archivist at the National Archives at Kew. Her first book The Day Parliament Burned Down won the inaugural Political Book of the Year Award in 2013, and Mary Beard called it ‘microhistory at its absolute best’.
This evening’s events are sponsored by The Noel Arms