Lecture: The day Parliament burned down

at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, AL1 3XG

In the early evening of 16 October 1834, to the horror of bystanders, a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor and from stagecoaches on top of the South Downs. In front of hundreds of thousands of witnesses, the great conflagration destroyed Parliament’s glorious old buildings and their contents. No one who witnessed the disaster would ever forget it. Based on the acclaimed book by former Director of the Parliamentary Archives and prizewinning author, Dr Caroline Shenton, will take you through the gripping hour-by-hour story of the forgotten fire that changed the face of London.

Prior to her post as Director of the Parliamentary Archives Dr Shenton worked as a senior archivist at the National Archives. Her book entitled The Day Parliament Burned Down won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 whilst the sequel Mr Barry’s War concerning the rebuilding of Parliament was a Book of The Year in 2016.

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