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The Day Parliament Burned Down

Caroline Shenton discusses the impact and consequences of the day in 1834 when the Palace of Westminster burned down.

In the early evening of 16 October 1834, to the horror of bystanders, a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Palace of Westminster, 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 of the same name, shortlisted for the Longman-History Today Prize and winner of the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013, this lecture will take you through the gripping hour-by-hour story of the fire and considers its devastating aftermath and far-reaching consequences.


Dr Caroline Shenton | talks | www


Date and Time:

1 February 2014 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



University of Dundee
01382 384021

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Free tickets for this event are available from events@dundee.ac.uk, www.dundee.ac.uk/tickets, Tower Building Reception or 01382 385564/385108.

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Drinks reception and book signing follow.

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