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London to Paris


Euston Arch

CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Ruth Adams was recently invited to Paris to contribute to a research seminar series on ‘European Capitals and Heritage since 1945: Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris’.

The seminar series is hosted by Professor Françoise Taliano-des Garets, at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and is run with the support of the History Committee of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and in partnership with the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux.

Ruth’s presentation was entitled ‘John Betjeman, The Euston Arch, and the Fight to Save London’s Industrial Heritage’, and examined the role of a high profile campaign to save a monumental piece of railway architecture in changing planning policy and public attitudes to Victorian style and the built legacy of the Industrial Revolution.

The text of Ruth’s presentation will be published in the ‘Carnet de Recherches’ produced by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Our picture shows the Euston Arch in its Victorian Heyday. It was demolished in 1961.


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