To mark the launch of ‘Mr Barry’s War, the Visit Parliament team is hosting an evening with the author Dr Caroline Shenton on Thursday 22 September 2016.
When the brilliant architect Charles Barry won the competition to build a new Houses of Parliament in London he thought it was the chance of a lifetime. It swiftly turned into the most nightmarish building programme of the 19th century. From the beginning, its design, construction and decoration were a battlefield, and the practical and political forces ranged against him were immense.
‘Mr Barry’s War’, published by Oxford University Press, takes up where Caroline’s prize-winning prequel ‘The Day Parliament Burned Down’ left off. Caroline tells the story of how the greatest building programme in Britain for centuries produced the world’s most famous secular cathedral to democracy.
During the evening Caroline will read an excerpt from her book and provide fascinating insights into her research and reflections on the topic. There will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to have a copy of the book signed by the author.
Tickets for this event must be booked in advance. The ticket includes a glass of wine or soft drink. The book can be purchased at a discounted price of £23 in advance (and collected on the evening) but will also be available to purchase at the event for £25.
Event plus advance purchase of book (£2 discount): £35.50
If booked from 27 August 2016 onwards:Event only: £15Event plus advance purchase of book (£2 discount): £38
Tickets can be purchased online, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment.