UK Parliament Open Lecture — The day Parliament burned down

Dr Caroline Shenton, Accommodation Study Director at the Parliamentary Archives, delivered an Open Lecture on 16th October 2013 discussing the great fire of 1834 which destroyed much of the old Houses of Parliament in a now largely-forgotten disaster.

On the day of the fire’s 179th anniversary, the lecture gave a unique insight into the political and social context of the time, through the story of how the fire started and how it changed the face of Westminster forever.

The transcript of the lecture is also available online:…

You can find out more about the Parliamentary Archives:…

Open Lectures form part of the services provided by Parliament for higher education, and are aimed at staff and students from universities across the UK. Open Lectures cover a wide variety of subjects about Parliament and its work.

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