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Resurgam: The Post-War Reconstruction of London

This talk explores the monumental task of rebuilding London post-war.

Between September 1940 and May 1941 London was subjected to a relentless campaign of aerial bombardment that destroyed huge swathes of its physical fabric. It was to be a further four years before London could begin the monumental task of reconstruction. However, this long delay did at least mean that the city's reconstruction plans could mature and develop to the point where it was acknowledged that this might be a unique opportunity to build a better London. As the official plan put it: ‘Has the Blitz cleared our vision too and made it possible to see what London might be?’ This talk examines the various schemes for rebuilding London, and attempts to reassess their long-term impact at a time when the ideas they represented have largely fallen out of favour.

Joe Kerr is a writer and broadcaster and Head of the Department of Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. He is also a London bus driver, working out of Tottenham Garage.


Professor Joe Kerr | talks


Date and Time:

10 June 2008 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
020 7392 9200

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£7, concessions £5; advance booking required

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Call 020 7392 9220 between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

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Bishopsgate Institute is two minutes walk from Liverpool Street station.

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