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Bringing the House Down


CMCI lecturer Dr Ruth Adams is running an event on “The Destruction of the Country House” here at King’s on October 1st. Speakers include CMCI’s Dr Melissa Nisbett.
The event marks the 40th anniversary of ‘The Destruction of the Country House’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum. This was a very influential exhibition that helped change changed popular and governmental attitudes to ‘stately homes’ and their status as part of English history and culture.
Speakers at the CMCI-hosted event include:
Robert Hewison – independent writer, curator, journalist and cultural consultant. He has published more than twenty books in the field of 19th and 20th century British cultural history, among them The Heritage Industry: Britain in a Climate of Decline (1987).
Pamela Cox – Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex and writer and presenter of BBC documentary series, Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs and Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter
Professor Penny Sparke of the School of Art & Design History at Kingston University
Jo Littler, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Industries, City University
Roshi Naidoo, Heritage Consultant and Director of Egino
Oliver Cox, Knowledge Exchange Fellow – Thames Valley Country House Partnership Project, Oxford University
Melissa Nisbett, Lecturer in Arts & Cultural Management, King’s College London
The event starts at 9am on October 1st in the college council room on the Strand campus. Further details from Drs Adams and Nisbett.

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