Published: 12 November 2014 at 15:15
Bright Lights, Big City: The Making of the Victorian West End of London
Tea and coffee available from 5.15pm in the Academy. A reception will follow the lecture in the Academy.
The West End of London is one of the world's major pleasure districts. Its theatres, cinemas, restaurants, exhibitions, shops and street life draw people in from across the globe. But how did it come into being? Its history has never been written. This lecture argues that it was the product of changes in Victorian Britain that not only created the modern entertainment industry but profoundly shaped the development of British culture today.
Rohan McWilliam is Professor of Modern British History at Anglia Ruskin University. He is President of the British Association for Victorian Studies and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Victorian Culture. His publications include Popular Politics in Nineteenth Century England (1998) and The Tichborne Claimant: A Victorian Sensation (2007) as well as articles on the histories of labour, politics, film and popular culture.