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Waterloo Sunrise

23 September 2022, 4.00pm

'Waterloo Sunrise' book cover
'Waterloo Sunrise' book cover
'Waterloo Sunrise' book cover
23 September 2022, 4.00pm

Waterloo Sunrise

Join John Davis as he charts the history of London through the transformative decades of the 1960s and ’70s.
 £10.00 (Concessions: £8.00)

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The event

London was a city that was still scarred from the Second World War as the 1960s came around. Yet from these wounds London would emerge as a vibrant yet divided metropolis.

As ‘swinging London’ grabbed the world’s attention, a feeling of optimism, youthful confidence and innovative music and fashion soon became the calling cards of the capital.

But this optimism would not last forever. As the problems of deindustrialisation, inner-city blight and racial friction began to mount, the city once again began to change and shift.

In this captivating talk, John Davis will explore the complex evolution undertaken by London, offering vivid insights into life in the city at the time. He will tackle topics such as the rise and fall of boutique fashion, Soho and the sex trade, eating out in London, cabbies and tourists, gentrification, conservation, suburbia and the welfare state.

The speaker

John Davis is emeritus fellow in modern history and politics at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, and the author of Reforming London: The London Government Problem, 1855–1900 and A History of Britain, 1885–1939.

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23 September 2022
4.00pm - 5.00pm
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