Tristram Hunt: Trafalgar Square
Critic's Choice: London's most important building
8 March 2010
At the Geological Society, Piccadilly
This new series invites critics to propose and make a case for what they believe to be London’s most significant and important building. A panel of respondents will debate and discuss the chosen building, and encourage the audience to share their own views.
Dr Tristram Hunt read history at Trinity College, Cambridge, before a year’s postgraduate fellowship at the University of Chicago. He returned to Cambridge to undertake his PhD on Victorian civic pride. He was an Associate Fellow of the Centre for History and Economics, King’s College Cambridge, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research before joining Queen Mary. He is a regular broadcaster, a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Tristram Hunt has chosen Trafalgar Square because it embodies Britain’s relationship with the imperial past, from the glories of Nelson and the deeds of Napier to the great anti-apartheid rallies outside South Africa house. ‘Here all Britain’s colonial complexities are apparent.’
The panel of respondents includes the architect, Ed Jones, and Dr Margaret Richardson, Honorary Curator for Architecture, Royal Academy.
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