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Study Day : The Art of Politics Dr Caroline Shenton Tuesday 09 October 2018

On Tuesday 9thOctober 2018 at the Core Theatre, Solihull Time 10 am for coffee and a 10:30 am start.

The Study Day will comprise three lectures:

JMW Turner and the day the Houses of Parliament Burnt Down. In the early evening of 16 October 1834, a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament making a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor. In front of hundreds of thousands of witnesses the Parliament buildings and their contents were totally destroyed. This talk takes us through the hour by hour story with particular focus on the oils and watercolours as recorded by JMW Turner.

Votes for Women. To mark the centenar yof women first getting the vote,this lecture will explore the story of suffragettes through portrayals in art and their own artistic productions and will look at how contemporary artists portray female politicians in our own time.

The Art of Magna Carta. Now over 800 years old, Magna Carta is the most famous constitutional document of all time. This lecture explains what Magna Carta is, how it was made, its historical importance and some of the artworks and architecture inspired by it.

Our speaker will be Dr Caroline Shenton, an archivist, historian and a former Director of the Parliamentary Archives in London. Prior to that, she was a senior archivist at the NationalArchives. Her book “The Day Parliament Burned Down” won the “Political Book of the YearAward in 2013. Its sequel “Mr Barry’s War” about the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster was a Book of the Year in 2016 for the Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazine. Carolinewas Political Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library in 2017.

The cost of this study day is £41.00 per person to include refreshments on arrival, two morning lectures, a light lunch of quiche, salad and new potatoes, tea and coffee and a third lecture in the afternoon.

Members have already been contacted. Interested non-members should use our enquiry facilties.

image above : Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1832.  J.M.W. Turner