Annual Bond Lecture, with Caroline Shenton, and British Records Association AGM, October 27, 2016


‘Beyond the Portcullis: the pleasures, challenges and frustrations of writing stories from the Parliamentary Archives’



On the 70th anniversary of the Parliamentary Archives Dr Caroline Shenton reflects on the pleasures, challenges and frustrations of creating popular history.

Caroline Shenton was Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster from 2008 to 2014, and prior to that was a senior archivist at Parliament and The National Archives. Her first book, The Day Parliament Burned Down, an hour-by-hour account of the 1834 fire that destroyed the Houses of Parliament, won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013. It was also shortlisted for a number of other prizes, including the Longman-History Today Prize, and was a Book of the Year for the Daily TelegraphNew StatesmanDaily Mail, and Herald Scotland.   Its sequel, Mr Barry’s War, which tells the story of how the greatest building programme in Britain for centuries produced the world’s most famous secular cathedral to democracy, was published by OUP in September and will be available to purchase at a discount.

The BRA is delighted to have Caroline as the Bond lecturer on the 70th anniversary of Maurice Bond’s appointment as Clerk of the Records in 1946.

The AGM is at 5.15pm with the Bond lecture starting at 6pm followed by a drinks reception.

Thursday October 27th, Wolfson Room, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU