Ralph Lowell Society Events

 
"London in the 20th Century: The Glitter and Glamour at the Heart of the Empire" Lecture by Historian Curt DiCamillo.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 5:30-7pm
WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Brighton, MA



By the 1920s the magnificent metropolis that began as the Roman provincial town of Londonium was the most dynamic city on the planet and the capital of the largest empire the world had ever seen.  The 20th century saw in London the completion of the world’s first subway, the development of the most extraordinary department stores on the globe, Harrods and Selfridge’s, and an unsurpassed theater scene. Running the gamut from Mary Poppins and the Bloomsbury Group to Evelyn Waugh and George Orwell, London was bubbling over with dynamic writers, avant-garde artists, and the greatest museums on the planet. Mixed with this unparalleled artistic output was enormous material wealth, an explosion of workers’ rights, votes for women, and the adaptation of one of the world’s oldest hereditary monarchies to the new century. Curt DiCamillo weaves together all these themes and more in this breathtaking lecture about one of the planet’s most astonishing cities during the most turbulent century in world history. 


This event is generously sponsored by Bank of America.