Fire! Fire! Study day with the Museum of London and Birkbeck

A study day organised by the Museum of London and Birkbeck, University of London offers the chance to understand more about the tremendous impact of the Great Fire of 1666 and commemorate the 350 year anniversary of this seminal event in London’s history. With contributions from Fire! Fire! exhibition curator, Meriel Jeater, and historians from Birkbeck and the University of York, the day will examine this key moment in the making of modern London. The study day takes place on 24 September, 11am-4pm at the Museum of London and costs £40, which includes entry to the Fire! Fire! exhibition.

Tutors and students will examine the impact of the fire on the lives of ordinary Londoners, the elusive history of the famous plans for re-building London after the fire and the role of anti-Catholic and other conspiracy theories in the post-fire period.

The study day will include contributions from Fire! Fire! exhibition curator, Meriel Jeater, Dr Mark Jenner, Reader in Early Modern History at the University of York, and Professor Vanessa Harding and Mike Berlin from the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London.

Mike Berlin, event organiser and lecturer in history at Birkbeck, said: ‘Long after the event, the fire continues to resonate with Londoners. The City’s ever changing skyline with its glittering towers still pivots around the dome of Wren’s St. Paul’s. London’s streets and houses continue to show the influence of post fire plans and building codes. This is a great opportunity to look again at this famous event and to see it in a new light’.

Bookings can be made at: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2016/short-courses/modules/SSHC/SSHC312N0

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